Exclusive: By Adenike Lucas
A news report has proved this website was right about the claims it made on the desperation of the Acting Chair of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, to be confirmed as the substantive chairman of the anti-graft commission.
The Editor of DENISAURUS News carried out an in-depth investigation with EFCC staffers, which exposed the dubious means deployed by Mr Magu to secure his appointment.
The report detailing a six month investigation, which had also revealed an ongoing battle between EFCC operatives and their ‘corrupt’ boss, received a tip off about the resignation of five managerial core staff, last week.
This online newspaper took the decision to stand in solidarity with the managerial core staff who accused Mr Magu of frustrating their efforts before they all resigned en masse.
In the process of giving fair reporting, the Editor of this website approached the EFCC for a comment about the allegations, but instead of granting the request, the EFCC ignored us, only to then claim that some dark forces bent on preventing Mr Magu’s appointment had created the story about the mass resignations.
The commission spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, who issued a press release to Sahara Reporters – a known ally of Mr Magu, denied that no “senior EFCC core staff” has resigned from the commission, adding that “insinuation of mass resignation at the commission is mere scaremongering.”
In our original reports, one of the reasons given by a senior HR staff for wanting to resign was “the fact that Mr Magu made the agency to call for recruitment but instead of following due process in appointing new staff, Mr Magu ordered some of the list to be replaced with his ‘Confirmation Lobbying List.’
The investigation also showed that a cabal had taking over the Human Resources Department, which was another reason the staff gave.
This allegation has not only been confirmed by the Authority, an online and print news outlet, the Daily Trust has done its own investigation and has also found the allegation made against Mr Magu to be true.
The report by the Daily Trust has now shown that a senior staff, Hafsat Bakare wanted to tender her resignation over an alleged interference by Mr Magu.
In its own investigation, Daily Trust “gathered that one Hafsat Bakare, who heads the Human Resources Unit, actually applied to resign over an alleged interference by Mr Magu, alleging that he wanted to dictate recruitment process in the commission. She was, however, prevailed upon to withdraw her resignation letter after intervention by influential people in government.
Reporters went on to state that “apart from Mrs Bakare, about seven senior members of staff are also said to be frustrated and want to leave.”
MR MAGU IS A BULLY
DENISAURUS News made a separate claim about how the stalling of Mr Magu’s confirmation letter had turned him into a bully.
This was also corroborated in the report published by Fidelis Mac-Leva, Ismail Mudashir, Isiaka Wakili & Ronald Mutum
An inside source who wished to remain unnamed for fear of victimisation, “accused the acting chairman of violating civil service rules relating to secondment, transfer of service and annual leave.
“Apart from running the commission without the director of operations, Magu is said to have, instead, appointed two deputy directors to head the unit. The source also accused Magu of dominating the EFCC workforce with police personnel, thereby hindering the career progress of regular members of staff.”
Over the month, shocking reports revealing how the Acting Chair, Ibrahim Mustafa Magu has been desperately trying to secure his confirmation as the 4th substantive chairman of the anti-graft has been documented in this website.
Mr Magu began to put pressure on members of the National Assembly before the House went on recess in July.
The Borno born hoped that by doing so he would be called for screening once parliament reconvened in September but so far pressure from various civil societies has prevented NASS from screening Mr Magu.
The Daily Trust states that Mr Magu was “frustrated by the delay” and decided to lobby the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Senate Leader, Ali Ndume but like many other moves, it did not yield any of the desired result.
Sources within the EFCC say: “when Mr Magu went to lobby one of the senators, he was asked to mount pressure on Dr Saraki to allow the president’s request to be listed on the Order Paper so that it can be committed to the committee.”
According to the source, “Mr Magu went on to put pressure on Dr Saraki but it has led to nowhere.
“Mr Magu sought to buy off Mr Ekweremadu with an Anti-corruption award but an outcry from certain chieftains made him withdraw the award.”
SLATES PMB FOR FAILING TO INTERFERE WITH NASS OVER CONFIRMATION
Mr Magu is currently angry over the President’s decision not to interfere with legislators in the upper chamber over his appointment.
The Deputy Police Commissioner had hoped to mark his first year in office with the confirmation of his appointment, but this was not so, as DENISAURUS News found that mounting evidence of corruption against the Executive of the anti-graft commission had caused many to call for an investigation into his activities.
Consequently, PMB known for his dislike for corruption was no longer prepared to push on for Mr Magu’s confirmation.
As a result, Mr Magu has begun to lambaste the President. But, those familiar with the President believe this will not make him change his mind.
The President is determined that he will not meddle in the affairs of the Senate.
They say that President Buhari “believes in and respects the independence of the legislature and that of every other arm of government.”