Exclusive: By Adenike Lucas
The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Ibrahim Mustafa Magu has come under fire for leading an innocent man to his arrest.
Information gathered on November 1, 2016 via a popular radio programme called Berekete Family/Hembelembe anchored by Mr Ahmed Isah (popularly known as Ordinary Ahmed) states that “it all started sometimes a year and three month ago, when the complainant, Mr Nkemdilim Onwenu reported Mr Magu to the radio station.
Then, the complainant who petitioned Ordinary Ahmed to look into his case stated that months back, he and a few others were arrested for “non-declaration of money found on them at the airport.”
The accuser claimed that was not true as he had declared the $54,000 – money which was raised by friends in a pardner. He claimed that “EFCC Operatives, with authority from Mr Magu had accused them wrongly.” As he was not able to do anything about the issue, he decided to take the matter to the Berekete Family, a daily reality programme broadcasted on Love FM 104.5 from 07:45am at Sheriff Plaza, Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2 Abuja
The FM station programme anchored by one “Ordinary Ahmed” touches and have touched the lives of many Nigerians, who have faced one injustice or the other.
The main objective of the radio station is to advance the right of persons who have been victimised in one way or the other. Be it individual, group of individual, private organisation, public organisation etc. The show is known for taking up matters for anyone who is being victimised and is known for being fearless hence its ability to take on any abuser.
Following the intervention of Ordinary Ahmed (pictured) who called Mr Magu on a live programme, the complainant was assured his money would be returned to him.
The EFCC Acting Chair told the anchor of the broadcaster to send Mr Onwenu to him with a guarantee that the case will be treated but unfortunately “when the complainant reported at Abuja HQ of EFCC, Mr Magu directed the man to Wilson Uwujaren, the Spokesman of the commission, who went on to send the complainant to the Lagos office for receipt of his dollars.
Ordinary Ahmed said in 23:46sec into the radio talk that Mr Uwujaren said he should “give him 2 weeks,” to resolve the matter. But after the “2 weeks when I called him and he said to give him another 2 weeks.”
Once that 2 weeks had also lapsed, Ordinary Ahmed called to get an update and on Tuesday, October 25, Mr Uwujaren who first asked for another week extension, sent a reply via text (See below for picture of received message) to the FM Station saying: Mr Onwenu had been directed to EFCC Lagos Office.”
In that text, Mr Wilson said he was “directed by the chairman to inform you that Mr Onwenu should go to the EFCC Lagos Office and meet with the case officer. Thank you Sir.”
Further investigation was done and it was established today, by the complainant’s brother that “unfortunately, when his brother (complainant, Mr Onwenu) arrive at EFCC Lagos, he was taken in and locked up.
It was noted on the programme that whilst “others were given back their money in dollars, the complainer remains in EFCC cell and his own money had not been returned.”
Instead the complainant who has made several and frantic efforts to get back his money was told to “come back today… and come back tomorrow,” until his illegal arrest.
According to his brother who was on the show, Mr Onwenu was arrested because he had exposed the matter to the public.
The claimant’s brother was asked to call Mr Onwenu on the phone but the line was not going through.”
The programme which has received over 1.4 k likes on Facebook gave many opportunities to Mr Magu to sort issues. On one occasion that Mr Magu took, he called the FM station to apologise and assured that he will definitely resolve the problem; unfortunately, sources at the EFCC believe he only apologised so as “not to jeopardise his upcoming confirmation.”
Mr Magu has since refused to pick up Ordinary Ahmed’s call. This led to Ordinary Ahmed lamenting on the deceptive nature of Magu of EFCC.
“This man is working in an acting capacity; imagine if he is confirmed as Chairman of EFCC, Ordinary Ahmed can be heard saying on the programme.
The radio presenter went on to speak of the dangers ahead, if he Mr Magu was confirmed as Substantive boss of the EFCC.
He urged for anyone who has had a good or bad experience with EFCC, Customs, Federal Airport Authority Staff and Immigration to ring the show on Friday to share them.
The way in which the EFCC dealt with the matter led listeners of the show to lambast Mr Magu.
One listener who commented on Facebook said: “If that man dies, we go hold EFCC and the Chairman responsible.”
Another called Ola Mummy wrote that “this so called EFCC should be dissolved.”
This follows a series of report by Adenike Lucas, Editor of DENISAURUS News on the various impunity and atrocities of Mr Magu, since his assumption as Acting boss of the Anti-graft agency.
EFCC staffers have been vocal about their ‘power drunk’ boss. They say this is another prove of how “corrupt” Mr Magu is and they urged for “all Nigerians to be vigilant if Mr Magu of EFCC is confirmed he would only get worse.
One person said that “Mr Magu has so far gotten away with murder and he will continue to do so if he is not stopped.”
Tony Eze called Mr Magus a “stupid man,” adding that “he knows about the detention, just because you have taken it to another level he is now calling. He should give that man (back his) money.
The source who refused to be named said: “Mr Magu has made several bad decisions but rather than own up, he makes his subordinate staff take the fall.”
Another said, “This is what Mr Magu does, he will give staff instructions and later sacrifice them when he feels his position is threatened by any exposé”.
This, they said could be seen in the case of an EFCC-NASS Liaison Officer, who gave Sen. Ike Eweremadu ” Anti Corruption Ambassador” on Mr Magu’s instruction, but the anti-graft agency boss later sacrificed the Core EFCC staff.
According to them, the EFCC boss will “sacrifice any staff just to save his head. Mr Magu of EFCC is hell bent to rubbish anyone, in as much as they stands his way to get confirmed by the NASS as EFCC Chair” reliable source relayed to this blog.
Staff have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari to act fast, in order to save this Government and the EFCC- an organisation which should be a bedrock of the fight against corruption by this CHANGE Administration.
YOUTUBE: Brekete Family 1st November, 2016 –