By Adenike Lucas
The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu is to take his promotional exams this week, a reliable source has revealed.
The informant noted that Magu, a level 14, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) who is to be promoted to the role of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) is “neck deep” in corruption and his promotion would be at the expense of his superior.
A recent report allegedly linked Magu with a member of the Arms Probe Committee, Air Commodore Umar Muhammed (rtd.), who is said to have been arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) for alleged fraud.
The news story published by This Day, claiming that Muhammed (rtd.) was a front for an EFFC official and ONSA, stopped short of mentioning Ibrahim Mustafa Magu and the current National Security Adviser (NSA) Mohammed Babagana Monguno as the officials of the anti-graft agencies whom Mr. Muhammed was allegedly fronting for. So far, evidence with DSS indicted Magu, whose statement has since been taken by the Service last week but was not made public.
Although the allegation of corruption against Magu was immediately debunked by Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC’s head of Media and Publicity, a whistle blower who spoke to Adenike Lucas confirmed that the anti-graft czar’s by passes a level 17 regular EFCC officer who is Magu’s senior.
Speaking from his hide out, the source expressed concern over the promotion about to be given to Magu, adding that “It is well known that the police force like most other security institutions within Nigeria, operates based on seniority. Even though, Magu must proceed on few weeks course, as a requisite for the promotion. Indicating the need to appoint the level 17 Regular EFCC Officer over a level 14.
Presently, it is claimed that “Magu and his God father NSA chief adviser, Monguno are hell bent on preventing President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) from getting information that a level 17 Regular EFCC Officer exist with the anti-graft agency.”
Reports surfaced last week that the President had sent Magu’s name to the Senate for confirmation. This has left Nigerians acquainted with the ‘corruption’ saga which Magu is supposed to be heavily involved, very worried.
The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), has called on Monguno and Magu, to both resign over the alleged shady dealings they superintended at the Presidential Investigative Committee on Arms Procurement.
In a statement made available to journalists, on Wednesday, by its National Chairman, Alhaji Balarabe Musa and Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu CNPP said it was not possible that Air Commodore Umar Muhammed (rtd) who was arrested by the DSS for alleged fraudulent deals involving top government officials could have acted without Monguno’s involvement.
Others are hoping that the Senate would not clear the Borno state indigene, until an investigation is conducted into the “diversion of troop’s allowances” and “other corruption case he is shielding for NSA”.
In a detailed discussion with an EFCC staff, it was revealed that there was a diversion of troop’s allowance, when Monguno headed the Peace Keeping troops, totalling about $1m. This money was frozen by the Economic Governance Unit of the EFCC, which was formerly indirectly headed by Magu (Monguno’s God son) during the tenure of Ibrahim Lamorde.
“This is part of why he wants his Godson to head the EFCC. So his interest can be well protected, the source intoned.
“No one is opposed to the Fight against Corruption by President Muhammadu Buhari’s credible Government. But truth is that those who must prosecute this course of PMB must do so with clean hands.”
“Magu and his God-Father Monguno should tell Nigerians about their romance. Little did PMB know about the dodgy dealings of the NSA, who is trying to rubbish Abba Kyari (Chief of Staff to the President), Lawal Musa Daura (Director General of the Department of State Services), Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Minster for Interior), Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, Mamman Daura and others.
“On this, PMB should ask the NSA about the diverted $1m troop allowance frozen by EFCC in the past. He should ask the NSA about the illegal properties in Apo and locations in Abuja. Payments for these illegal properties, several of which he made single cash transaction with payments in dollars”.
PHOTO CAP: Ibrahim Magu- CNPP calls for the President to sack ‘corrupt’ EFCC acting chair.
Report and investigation carried out by Adenike Lucas. 27/06/2016©