In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 09th, July, 2020

See The Two Highly effective Ex-military Leaders Magu Harassed That Led To His Suspension

See The Two Powerful Ex-military Leaders Magu Harassed That Led To His Suspension

Ibrahim Magu

 

Chairman of THISDAY editorial board, Olusegun Adeniyi has narrated how the harassment of two allies of President Muhammadu Buhari with out his information, led to the suspension and detention of Ibrahim Magu because the performing chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee. 

 

The previous spokesman to late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua stated Buhari learnt about Magu’s actions, solely after they’d been carried out. Adeniyi additionally disclosed that Former Defence Minister, Lt Basic Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (rtd) current go to to the villa was borne out of rage as Magu had blocked his buy of an plane. 

 

Adeniyi says he additionally gathered that the suspended performing chairman of the anti-graft company additionally ordered the raid of the residence of Abdulsalami Abubakar, a former head of state.

 

He wrote in his weekly THISDAY column on Thursday July 9; 

Former Defence Minister, Lt Basic Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (rtd) was not too long ago on the villa to see President Muhammadu Buhari. It was a go to borne out of rage. A billionaire oil tycoon, Danjuma had paid for the acquisition of an plane. His cheque bounced! The order to withhold cost, he was advised by his banker, got here from Magu! From what I gathered, it took a while earlier than the president might persuade Danjuma that he knew nothing about what was clearly energy mongering by a reckless public official. Just a few weeks earlier than that incident, the Minna residence of former Head of State, Basic Abdulsalami Abubakar was raided by EFCC operatives who “turned the home the wrong way up”. The president additionally acquired to know solely after the deed had been achieved.

Whereas neither Danjuma nor Abdulsalami is above the legislation, energy ought to by no means be used to harass and mock folks, whether or not excessive or low. And even the place there are justifications, for residents at that stage, these actions ought to actually not happen with out the president’s information. In addition to, a person who would tackle the excessive and mighty in a society like ours, together with members of the president’s fast household, should additionally dwell above suspicion.”

 

Magu was additionally accused of relooting some objects recovered from looters. Adeniyi added; 

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Up to now 5 years, Magu has at completely different instances made claims in regards to the lots of of billions of Naira recovered from ‘treasury looters’. However subsequent auctions for recovered property didn’t comply with due course of, leading to alternative properties being handed out to suspected cronies. Since Abuja is a metropolis the place residents know the soiled secrets and techniques of individuals in energy (together with who’s sleeping with whose partner), the president was being inundated with petitions that Magu is just not above board in his dealings.

Apparently decided to get to the basis of those allegations, the president on 22 November 2017 inaugurated a three-member committee to audit all property recovered by companies of the federal authorities from 29th Could 2015. Headed by Mr Olufemi Lijadu, who later turned the Securities and Trade Fee (SEC) Chairman, the 2 different members are Mr. Mohammed Nami, the present Federal Inland Income Service (FIRS) chairman and Mrs. Gloria Bibigha, a revered accountant within the workplace of the Auditor Basic of the Federation who’s considered a specialist in forensic auditing. “It has grow to be apparent that elementary gaps nonetheless exist in making certain that the recovered property are accounted for, and managed in an correct, clear and logical method,” the President advised the committee.

It’s noteworthy that precisely six days after the committee started its session, the then Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki publicly accused anti-graft companies of looting the recovered proceeds. Saraki spoke on the opening session of a “Strategic Retreat on Monitoring the Progress of Anti-Corruption Payments”, on why the Nationwide Meeting had grow to be “strident in regards to the opacity shrouding the administration of recovered funds, which in lots of instances get re-looted by the companies that investigated and recovered them”. An advert hoc committee of the Senate, in accordance with Saraki, had “found that many properties recovered from a fugitive from the legislation haven’t been accounted for by the investigating company”.

In the meantime, the Lijadu committee was working quietly within the background, acquiring data from authorities companies and searching for clarification for inconsistencies. Though they’d been given 4 months to finish their project, the trio of Lijadu, Nami and Bibigha ended up spending ten months, rummaging via hundreds of pages of paperwork in dozens of information from the varied companies. However even earlier than they submitted their report, the then Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, had already observed discrepancies from the figures that have been rising from their work.

She despatched Magu a memo searching for clarification on the recoveries “based mostly on the knowledge accessible to the Workplace of Accountant-Basic of the Federation.” In keeping with Adeosun, the eye of her ministry had been drawn to “restoration figures in media reviews by the EFCC that don’t reconcile with the data of the ministry”, asking Magu to “make clear the place these money recoveries have been deposited and supply accompanying proof.”

There is no such thing as a report to indicate that Magu responded to Adeosun’s memo. However on 11th September 2018, the president formally obtained the report of the Lijadu committee that raised a number of unanswered questions in regards to the recovered mounted and movable property. The Legal professional Basic of the Federation and Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami, SAN, later addressed the media on salient points within the report. Though he gave no breakdown, Malami stated: “In abstract, the recovered funds by the three-man committee is N769 billion money inside the interval below evaluation”. What Malami didn’t disclose that day was that there have been discrepancies within the EFCC figures and the disposal of some properties have been achieved with out transparency.

From that second, Magu’s destiny was sealed. To compound his downside, the president had additionally obtained reviews from plenty of international companies on the “lack of professionalism” by Magu who was stated to be within the behavior of leaking to the media data that compromises investigations. At house, vital companies together with the Directorate of State Safety (DSS) and Nationwide Intelligence Company (NIA) view Magu as a hazard to the system as a result of, as a high presidency official advised me, “he doesn’t thoughts bringing down establishments to get at people, generally only for media adulation”. However within the mutual sport of alliances and counter-alliances (usually laced with mutual blackmail) utilized by members of this administration to checkmate each other, Magu remained in workplace. However regardless of concerted efforts by members of his personal camp to have his title despatched to the Senate for affirmation, the president refused to budge.

In the meantime, the AGF to whose workplace Magu ought to ordinarily report (however doesn’t, out of sheer conceitedness of energy) bided his time earlier than writing a damning memo to the president concerning the report on recovered property. On the similar time, Magu was basking in a false sense of safety as a result of he had only in the near past obtained approval from the president to public sale greater than 400 costly automobiles forfeited by web fraudsters. So safe within the fantasy that his title would quickly be despatched to the Senate for affirmation was Magu that he had begun planning dispose via public public sale unique autos together with Ferraris, Vary Rovers and Mercedes. That was earlier than he was upended on Monday afternoon.

I’m not a fan of Magu and I acknowledged the rationale why prior to now, particularly given what my late principal, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua advised me about him.  I additionally don’t just like the cult of persona he has created in EFCC. The ‘Magu Boys’ who throw themselves round inside the fee act as if above the legislation, regardless of allegations of unwholesome practices in opposition to them. And I’ve prior to now 5 years rebuffed all entreaties from his media minders to satisfy with him. However the present tragedy raises increased questions in regards to the integrity of establishments and the way the chilly calculations of factions of the ruling elite could cause rupture inside the polity. In addition to, I detest the thought of humiliating folks out of workplace, particularly by those that themselves aren’t any paragon of advantage. No matter might need been the excesses of Magu, his present ordeal seems extra the fruits of a sinister plot to precise vengeance than any try to advertise the general public good.

 

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