In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 21st, June, 2020

Revealed! Buhari Considers Sacking And Prosecuting EFCC Boss, Ibrahim Magu

Revealed! Buhari Considers Sacking And Prosecuting EFCC Boss, Ibrahim Magu

Ibrahim Magu

Ibrahim Magu

Barring final minute reprieve, Ibrahim Magu, appearing Chair­man, Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), might not solely be on his manner out of workplace, but additionally could also be wanting in the direction of days of accounting for alleged infrac­tions most popular towards him by Abubakar Malami, the Attor­ney Basic of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Saturday INDEPENDENT can completely report.

Impeccable presidency sources stated on Friday that President Muhammadu Bu­hari had given Malami approv­al to analyze and prosecute Magu following his memo­randum, the place he itemised 22 weighty allegations towards the EFCC chairman, who has occupied the workplace for almost 5 years in appearing capability.

The sources stated the EFCC chairman will quickly hand over the anti-graft company to the subsequent most senior particular person, Mohammed Umar Abba, Direc­tor of Operations of the company.

Malami had additionally included a brief checklist of three candidates for consideration to interchange Magu. Our sources stated FCT Commis­sioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, might finally substitute him, be­ing probably the most favoured among the many three names Malami sub­mitted to the president.

One of many sources stated the president needed the panel to analyze the authenticity of the property and proxy alle­gations towards Magu, noting that “due to the burden of the allegations, and the sort of particular person managing the EFCC, the president wouldn’t wish to take any choice in a rush. So he made positive a crack group is assembled to look into the matter holistically.”

In keeping with him, Ayo Sala­mi, former President of Courtroom of Enchantment, is heading the panel with the places of work of Nationwide Se­curity Adviser (NSA); Director Basic, Division of State Companies (DSS); Director Gen­eral, Nationwide Intelligence Company (NIA), the Police, and Lawyer Basic of the Fed­eration as members.

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In keeping with the supply, the panel has two weeks to submit its report back to the president, however had already executed per week.

Malami, had in his mem­orandum to the president, made allegations bordering on monetary malfeasances in failure to declare precise mon­ey recovered from looters. He additionally accused Magu of gross in­subordination, refusing direc­tives from the fee’s supervisory ministry; and consequently, the Federal Govern­ment has come below extreme assault and embarrassment on account of odium stemming from poorly pursued investiga­tions. The AGF’s memo made sturdy innuendos purporting that Magu has made himself a keen instrument within the palms of politicians thereby lowering the sterling fame EFCC as soon as loved.

Sources on the presidency insisted on Friday that Buhari has certainly signed off on the memo solely awaiting imple­mentation.

“By the advice, Magu needs to be eased out of workplace, and prosecuted on the power of the allegations made towards him,”
defined a presidency supply to the newspaper, who stated the presi­dent was furious after studying the memo.

Including additional, the sources stated that had the matter relaxation­ed squarely on simply Malami’s memo, perhaps a type of re­prieve may have been labored out for the fee’s chair­man.

“Malami was extensively debriefed on the matter. Securi­ty businesses had been additionally concerned within the matter and so they all got here again with damning verdicts,”
the supply added.

To date, the presidency has refused to say a lot on the matter.

In a textual content message response by Senior Particular Assistant, Media and Publicity to the President, Mallam Garba She­hu, asking for affirmation on whether or not Magu might be eased out, the presidential spokes­man merely stated, “I don’t know the reply to your query.”

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A number of makes an attempt at reaching Dele Oyewale, Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC, yielded no re­sult as his telephones continued ringing with out the calls being picked up. Nevertheless, one other supply inside the fee instructed the newspaper that there can’t be any official response from EFCC except issues are directed at them.

However as additionally learnt, Magu is alleged to not be leaving something to likelihood. It was learnt that a few of his backers with hyperlink on the Presidential Villa have been placing in phrases for the embattled anti-graft’s czar, inform­ing Mr. President that Magu is being hounded by corrupt politicians.

One of many results of the alleged brokering resulted in Magu being seen on the Aso Rock mosque the place he ob­served the Jumat with Presi­dent Buhari.

As learnt, the EFCC boss was there to have an viewers with the president.

It was, nevertheless, unclear if the mission succeeded as on the time of submitting this report.

It might be recalled that in 2016, the Senate declined to verify Magu’s appointment as EFCC chairman, citing a Division of State Companies (DSS) report, which revealed unsavory actions. Regardless of the Senate’s rejection of Magu, President Buhari re-nominat­ed him, however the Senate once more rejected him.


Supply: The Impartial

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