How DSS Report Made Senate Reject Ibrahim Magu As EFCC Chairman

IBRAHIM MAGU
The Department of State Services (DSS) said Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, has failed integrity test, warning that he will hinder President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war.

Ibrahim Magu



The Senate on Thursday rejected Magu’s nomination as Chairman of the EFCC. The upper chamber of the National Assembly cited “security reports” as the reason for the rejection.

A copy of the “security report” by the DSS in which Magu’s activities were alleged to have made him ineligible to hold the office as EFCC boss is trending.

The letter, dated October 3, was addressed to the Clerk of the Senate, in reference to a letter by the Senate, dated September 21, 2016, asking for Magu’s security check.

The report, which listed several alleged malpractices against the EFCC boss, said his confirmation would frustrate the anti-graft drive of the Buhari-led administration.

Part of the allegations against Magu was his being in possession of EFCC documents in his private residence during the chairmanship of Madam Farida Waziri.

DSS also made reference to the circumstances surrounding Magu’s arrest, detention and suspension by the Nigeria Police years back.

The secret service also alleged that the sum of N40m was paid for Magu’s rented apartment, which costs N20m per annum, where the acting EFCC chairman currently resides.

It claimed that the accommodation was not paid for from the EFCC’s account but by a presidential appointee, who had been under investigation.

The DSS alleged that after renting the apartment for Magu, the friend awarded a N43m contract for the furnishing of the accommodation.

The appointee, who is a retired Air Commodore, was said to be a close associate and ally of Magu, and allegedly “runs questionable business” and was once arrested by the DSS [but no prosecution].

The report, which cleared the other four EFCC appointees, said Magu, flew a private jet owned by the retired military officer.

The service also said the EFCC boss was once in the same flight to Maiduguri with the Managing Director of one of the new generation banks, who it alleged was under investigation.

It added that the bank chief had been linked with a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The DSS stated that after the arrest of service chiefs by the EFCC, including Badeh, Umar and Amosu, Magu’s ally, while under interrogation by the service, had confessed that he didn’t want Amosu to be probed, the reason why the EFCC arraigned Amosu after his friend’s interrogation.

The acting EFCC boss was also accused in the report of making false allegations against individuals “for personal reasons.”

The report said, “The circumstances surrounding the return of Magu to the EFCC and the role played by Lamorde and their close relationship are clear indications of his culpability in the allegation of corruption tendencies of the Lamorde-led EFCC.”

The DSS alleged that “Magu uses only his police cronies to execute operations,” adding that the fact that the cronies had acquired landed properties “led credence to the questions about his integrity.”

The report added, “In this light, Magu has failed the integrity test and will eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption drive of the present administration.”

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