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More Troubles For Magu, How He Was Detained At Abuja FCID …Faces Sack, Trial For Alleged Corruption
The embattled Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, spent the night in police custody on the orders of a probing alleged infractions against him, this much WazobiaReporters can report.
This is contrary to report by some section of the media that he was merely invited to the Presidential Villa yesterday to face the Presidential Panel investigating allegations of corruption and insubordination made against him.
Magu was grilled for several hours by members of the panel in the presence of EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo.
It reported by WazobiaReporters that Magu was arrested yesterday, in front of the EFCC office in Abuja by combined team of heavily armed policemen and Department of State Service (DSS).
“When the panel rose for the day, it decided to send Magu to Area 10 Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) of the police, where he spent the night.
“His interrogation will continue today, and he will be brought before the panel by an Assistant Inspector General of Police, who led the Armed policemen that ‘arrested’ him yesterday,” one of the sources said.
It should be recalled that allegations of insubordination and ‘relooting of recovered funds’ were levelled against Magu by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.
It was learnt that several options of sanctions against Magu were being considered, subject to the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Though it was disclosed that the Presidency was being mindful of the implications of Magu’s eventual arraignment in court on the government’s image and its well advertised fight against corruption, it is most certain that he will be made to face Police trial before being charged to court.
The panel, probing Magu was inaugurated about a week ago.
The panel, led by a former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami (retd.), had about seven other members including the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Mike Ogbizi.
The panel also had representatives from the Office of the National Security Adviser, the DSS and other related agencies.
HOW HE WAS ARRESTED
It was learnt that Magu was accosted yesterday, by security agents in plain clothes in front of the old EFCC headquarters on Fomella Street, Wuse 2, Abuja, around 12noon on Monday.
Magu, who was in his own convoy, was shown a letter of invitation from the presidential panel requesting his presence.
The EFCC boss was said to have explained to the security agents that he would honour the invitation on a future date but they refused to accept Magu’s explanation and insisted that he followed them to the Presidential Villa.
He was subsequently whisked away and brought before the panel where he responded to several questions directed at him.
A top EFCC source said, “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 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.”
ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HIM
It was learnt that 24 allegations were levelled against Magu who has been acting as chairman for almost five years.
Most of the allegations, it was learnt, emanated from a report by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), and a DSS report which was submitted to the Senate in 2016 and 2017.
The EFCC boss was accused of living above his means, fraternising with corrupt persons, diversion of recovered funds and many others.
Sources confirmed that the investigation into the missing funds followed a formal complaint by Malami against Magu.
Malami had reportedly complained to Buhari about Magu’s conduct and advised that he should be relieved of his appointment.
He was also said to have accused Magu of insubordination and discrepancies in the figures of funds recovered by the EFCC, disposing of assets, especially buildings seized from corrupt politicians and others, without approval, or knowledge of the AGF’s office, which is the supervisory ministry of the EFCC.
The AGF listed various offences allegedly committed by Magu, for which he should be sacked.
It was gathered that the Governor of Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele and the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, would also make submissions before the panel on the funds and real estates recovered by the EFCC in order to reconcile them with the records being held by their respective offices.
A source stated, “The President set up a panel to interrogate Magu on the missing funds and discrepancies in the records of recovered funds from politically-exposed persons.
“The justice minister had earlier directed the police to investigate the allegations against Magu, but the government discovered that the police were hiding some information and were not thorough in their investigations. So, they directed the DSS to be part of the investigating team.
“Malami said some of the funds recovered by the EFCC were not in the CBN accounts and he has all the records. The panel is expected to invite the CBN Governor and the Minister of Finance to shed further light on the issue.”
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