The embattled Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, was on Monday reportedly quizzed for more than six hours till midnight at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
A presidential panel chaired by former President of the Court of Appeal, retired Justice Ayo Salami, interrogated Magu at the old Banquet Hall of the Villa after he was hauled up by armed Department of State Services operatives.
The seven-member panel include the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Mike Ogbizi with representatives from the Office of the National Security Adviser, the DSS and other related agencies.
Magu was accosted by security agents in plain clothes in front of the old EFCC headquarters on Fomella Street, Wuse 2, Abuja, at noon on Monday in his convoy and was shown a letter of invitation from the presidential panel requesting his presence.
He was, however, whisked away and brought before the panel where he was grilled.
“Attempts to bring Magu before the panel in the past had proved abortive. So, on Monday, a team of security agents in plain clothes accosted him around the old EFCC office in Wuse 2.
“Magu’s men quickly put up a resistance but the security officials on the other side quickly corked their guns and insisted that they were following presidential orders. They immediately took Magu into custody and brought him before the panel,” a source said.
It was not clear if Magu was allowed to go home after midnight.
PerSecondnews recalls that the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN) had in a memo to Buhari late June 2020 listed weighty allegations against Magu and asked for his removal.
Among the allegations are living above his means, fraternising with corrupt persons and diversion of recovered funds.