By Adenike Lucas
Regular members of staff at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC are complaining that they are being bullied by their suspicious acting chair.
Mr Ibrahim Mustafa Magu who returned a few seconded police men to their mother organisation has become paranoid following a series of revealing write up in this blog.
A source confirmed to Adenike Lucas that Mr Magu was “panicking because his confirmation had been deferred.”
According to the source, Mr Magu is beginning to “suspect any and every one for his problem”
Mr Magu was meant to be confirmed by the Senate but the level of corruption discovered by the Department of State Services, DSS against him has delayed matters till September.
In June of this year, the DSS arrested one Air Commodore Umar Muhammed. Mr. Muhammed who is still in detention with the state security service was accused of carrying out a blackmailing cartel on behalf of senior staff at EFCC and Office of the National Security Adviser.
During a raid at the Maitama, Abuja home of the Air Chief Muhammed, DSS operatives discovered sensitive EFCC documents, plus other unauthorised documents from the office of the President and Arms Deal Committee.
A source close to the investigation believes Mr Muhammed who retired as an air commodore in the Nigerian Air Force in January 2014 has informed the duo of NSA Babagana Monguno and his Godson Mr Magu whom he is alleged to be fronting for, that all was about to be revealed by the DSS Operatives working on his case.
Air Cdre, Mr Muhammed thinks it is the DSS attached to him that exposed all his dealings.
The source expressed that this important information from the air officer, Mr. Muhammed has prompted the acting chairman of the anti-corruption agency to embark on a personal vendetta against core staff of the commission attached to his office.
Another source with knowledge of the works of the anti-corruption commission agreed that Mr Magu was picking on regular staff members.
“Mr Magu thinks it is the regular staff that is hindering his confirmation whereas it his corrupt nature which has been exposed that is stopping any one from confirming him,” they say.
“He feels they are a threat and may be working like DSS operatives, as some were being trained by the same Nigeria Secret Police.”
They also said that Mr Magu “has started replacing Protective Operatives attached to him with his police staff.
“Recently, Mr Magu started by victimising ‘Protective Core Operatives’ of the EFCC due to this revelation given to him by the arrested air chief who is a close ally of himself and his Godfather NSA Monguno.”
Meanwhile, in another development, document shows that a BACAB PLAZA beside KASUPDA HOUSE, Kaduna Central Market, Ahmadu Bello Way, Kaduna State
belonging to Air Commodore Salisu Yushau, who is also involved in the Arms Deal scandal were never declared to the Assets Forfeiture Unit.
Instead, according to a reliable whistle blower, the asset which was recovered by CSP Ishaku Sharu was returned to Borno born Mr Yushau who became a prosecution witness to the EFCC.
Sources say Chief Superintendent, Sharu is very corrupt. It is why former chairman Madam Farida Waziri returned him back to the mother organisation Nigeria Police, but the immediate past chairman of the commission, Mr Ibrahim Lamorde who is believed to have encouraged corrupt police officers, brought him back to EFCC in 2011.
CSP Sharu is thought to have cut a deal with Mr Yushau not to reveal the Plaza.
Yesterday, this blog revealed how Mr Magu and Mr Monguno, both from Borno state, had been diverting government funds for personal use.
People close to Mr Magu are questioning why he has failed to allow an investigation into various allegation of corruption made against him.
One said “if Magu of EFCC is not corrupt like them, why us he keeping CSP Iliyasu Kwarbai, CSP Ishaku Sharu, and other police boys known with this illegalities.
“Mr Magu knows why he has not been confirmed. It is alarming the level of this allegation. Unfortunately, they would not go away unless they are investigated.”
Although a call was placed to him, he did not pick or return the call.