By Adenike Lucas
A source close to Ibrahim Magu has named Abubakar Sadiq as a major front for the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Sadiq who operates INKIYA Bureau de change office in a Plaza opposite Ecobank Plc on Gana Street in Maitama, Abuja is said to be a close acquaintance of the recently detained Air Commodore Umar Mohammed (rtd).
Sadiq with mobile number “08034518826″ is said to be a serial suspect known in almost all unit and sections of the EFCC for almost a decade.
Sadiq’s close connection to Mohammed led him to the home of the former EFCC chair Ibrahim Lamorde who uses him to clean up his and Mr Magu’s ill-gotten wealth.
This month, the Department of State Services, DSS stormed Mohammed’s house on No. 4 Lundi Close off Mississipi Street in Maitama, Abuja and seized the sum of $1.5 million dollars in cash.
A report by This Day claimed that Mohammed was fronting for senior associates of the EFCC and the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). The claim was repudiated by the Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Wilson Uwajaren.
In a statement made available to members of the press, Uwajaren stated that the allegation was the hand work of corrupt people “fighting back.”
A reliable source speaking to Adenike Lucas remains adamant about the link between Mr Magu, Lamorde and Mr Mohammed.
According to the informant, a Senior Police Officer who is in the know of the activities but has been returned to their mother organisation the Nigeria Police Force said, “Mr Magu and Mr Lamorde are both badly entrenched in corruption.
“Whatever criminal money they get, they would give to Sadiq who has a bureau de change and he would give them the equivalent in whatever currency they require.”
The police source who has spoken in the past about the embezzlement of troop allowance by the National Security Adviser, General Mohammed Babagana Monguno went further to mention another fraud committed by Mr Lamorde and Mr Magu.
“There was a police project deal,” he said “amounting to about N1.3 billion. That fraud was discovered by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU. The NFIU is in charge of detecting fraudulent transactions. It is meant to report any suspicious transaction / cash record.
“The unit uncovered the fraud and reported to Mr Magu at the beginning of his tenure,” however, it is believed that the acting chairman did his best to conceal this information.
Questioning why this has never made the news, the source who is known to Mr Magu urged for an immediate investigation into the shady dealings of Mr Magu and ‘his God Father’ Gen Monguno who acquired a lot of properties in Apo, Abuja.
He said questions should be raised as to why Mr Magu is refusing to investigate Mr Lamorde.
“I urge the President to set up a panel to investigate Mr Lamorde and Mr Magu.”
As regards the Chair of EFCC, the source said “from inception of the anti-graft agency in 2003 till date has always been someone from a particular region, and people of same faith, the source expressed.”
“That is to say, Nuhu Ribadu from Adamawa, Farida Waziri from Gombe, Ibrahim Lamorde from Adamawa and the now Acting Chair Ibrahim Mustafa Magu from Borno State.
“President Muhammadu Buhari would become an outstanding President, who will deviate from such mono trend of past government, and search for a very credible officers from other regions and faith.
“This would be an added advantage to the change mantra of this great regime of ours.”
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