Police Commissioner Ibrahim Magu, the sacked Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has been promoted to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police.
Magu, who was removed and arrested in 2021 for alleged corruption, was promoted along with seven Commissioners of Police to AIG.
The roll call: CPs Mustafa Magu Ibrahim, Abraham Egong Ayim, Okunlola Kola Kamaldeen, Andrew Amieengheme, Akeera Mohammed Younous, Celestine Amechi Elumelu, Ngozi Vivian Onadeko, Danladi Bitrus Lalas.
Persecondnews recalls that Magu was appointed acting EFCC chairman in 2015, but was unceremoniously removed last year following numerous allegations of corruption but he is yet to be charged for any of his alleged crimes, and has remained in limbo.
The Police Service Commission had announced in a statement on Thursday, July 8, 2021 that Magu’s anticipated promotion to the next rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police has been declined.
“The Commission declined the promotion of CP Magu pending clearance from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and the Office of the Inspector General of Police,” PSC said.
Magu’s 2015 appointment was never confirmed by the Senate who received damning reports from the Department of State Services (DSS) about his prior misconduct in office.
This did not stop President Muhammadu Buhari from keeping him on in an acting capacity as he led the administration’s publicised fight against corruption for five years.
It was the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who authored the petition that led to Magu’s arrest last year, and he was questioned by a presidential panel that also questioned witnesses of his alleged crimes.
He was accused of failing to account for security votes of N431 million; disappearing evidence of ongoing investigations; and suppressing high profile cases.
The Justice Ayo Salami-led panel recommended his removal and prosecution, while 42-year-old Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa was appointed in his place.
The Police Service Commission’s spokesperson, Ikechukwu Ani, announced that Magu and other senior officers were promoted at the 15th plenary meeting of the commission on May 13.
He said the commission also approved the promotion of 23 Deputy Commissioners to the next rank of Commissioners of Police; 31 Assistant Commissioners to Deputy Commissioners of Police and 63 Chief Superintendents of Police promoted to Assistant Commissioners of Police.
“The Plenary Meeting which began on Wednesday, May 11th 2022 was presided over by Alhaji Musiliu Smith, Chairman of the Commission and former Inspector General of Police. DIG Amadi, currently acting, replaced late DIG Joseph Egbunike and will be representing the South East in the Force Management team while DIG Senchi was the most senior in the AIG cadre.
“Other decisions taken by the Commission at the Plenary were the promotion of 57 Superintendents of Police earlier skipped when their mates were promoted to the next rank of Chief Superintendents. Other categories of Superintendents of Police such as the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, Course 4, Inspectors Course 37 and regular ASP’s course 25 and 26 were also promoted to Chief Superintendents having met established requirements.
“The Commission also promoted 1698 Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASP) to Deputy Superintendents of Police, 6119 Inspectors who attended the recent Departmental Selection Board (DSB) were promoted to ASP11 while 1965 ASP 11 were confirmed ASPs.
The Commission also approved the conversion of 19 Engineers from General Duty to Specialists and upgraded to the rank of Deputy Superintendents of Police which is the statutory entry level for Pilots and Aircraft maintenance engineers in line with Aviation scheme of service,” he said.