By Adenike Lucas
The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki announced today that lawmakers in the upper chamber will conduct another screening for the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Mustafa Magu tomorrow, 15 March, 2017.
As with all other presidential appointment, the Senate needs to vote to approve Mr Magu’s nomination.
The Senate rejected Mr Magu on Thursday, 15 December 2016, however, this year, while the President was on vacation, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo represented Mr Magu’s name to the National Assembly.
According to EFCC sources, the likelihood of the Senate approving Mr Magu as the 4th substantive chairman is “very very slim” due to the large evidence of corruption against him by the Department of State Security, DSS.
The Borno born Deputy Police Commissioner who was appointed to replace corrupt, Ibrahim Lamorde on November 9, 2015, is dodged by allegations of corruption, victimisation and bullying and is yet to clear himself from the indicting report written by the state security.
If lawmakers reject Mr Magu again- which is highly likely to happen, according to reliable sources, the officer would be returned to the Nigerian Police Force.
Staff members are appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari, PMB that should that be the case, Mr Magu should be investigated and prosecuted for corruption.
They say “the time is ripe for President Buhari to replace the nomination of Mr Magu and authorise the DSS to conclude their investigation on alleged corruption and impunity by the anti-graft agency’s boss.”
Indicting DSS Report
Three months ago, the Senate rejected Mr Magu due to an intelligence report written by the Director General of the DSS, Lawal Duara.
The report indicated that the ‘rejected’ EFCC boss had failed its integrity test and “would become a liability to the anti-corruption crusade of the present administration if confirmed.”
Not only did the DSS report indict Mr Magu, it also corroborates several accusation made by staff against him.
For more than 10-months, the editor of DENISAURUS News, Adenike Lucas has had the privilege of speaking to several core staff at the commission who complained of the high level of corruption perpetuated by their boss.
One of the reports by DENISAURUS News which exposed Mr Magu was published by Abubakar Abusidiqu Usman.
A few days after the release of the news story, Mr Magu ordered for the arrest of the Kogi born publisher and blogger.
DENISAURUS News Report
DENISAURUS News was one of the first media to report on the allegations from the DSS.
Our investigations dating as far back as August 2016 showed that the secret service were investigating Mr Magu and had a large evidence against him.
The DSS report said Mr. Magu had corruptly enriched himself, and was living far above his legitimate income. The decision to reject him was highly welcomed by his staff who have constantly warned about him.
The re-selection of Mr Magu who was dismissed from the anti-corruption agency by the then head, Farida Waziri was seen as a backward step in the fight against corruption.
In 2008, Mr Magu illegally took documents home from the organisation. Similarly, in 2016, documents belonging to the EFCC were found in the Maitama, Abuja home of an air commodore who happens to be an ally of Mr Magu.
The air commodore, Umar Mohammed, rtd, who remains in custody was said to be running a blackmailing cartel with the documents. He was accused of being a front for Mr Magu and the National Security Adviser, Gen Mohammed Babagana Monguno, rtd.
At first Mr Magu denied ever meeting the rtd air commodore, however, EFCC sources have spoken out about the link between Mr Magu and Mr Mohammed. Their allegations were confirmed by the DSS report.
In the course of investigation, whistle blowers informed the editor of this news site that Mr Magu had given a bribe of N275 million to the chairman of the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes, Utazi Godfrey Chukwuk, N275 million so he would be cleared.
Reporters from DENISAURUS News also discovered that a former director at the anti-graft agency might have more expose on Mr Magu
Asishana Okaru, the Director-General of the Nigerian Governor’s Forum was in charge of the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU.
Allegations filtered that Mr Magu had been engaged in money laundering, which the said DG NGF, who was Director at NFIU of EFCC, was fully in the know.
In February, Mr Okaru, was arrested by the EFCC. The acting chair later had to release Mr Okaru when he refused to sign an incriminating statement by Mr Magu.
Not long ago, DENISAURUS News reported that Mr Magu who visited the Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris at his place in Zaria, today, was trying to blackmail top class Emirs from the North West, North Central and North East whom he assumed had benefited from the Cash-For-Arms deal, with the hope that they would speak to PMB, before the Senate to demand for his confirmation.
DG DSS Stands By Report
This blog understands that Mallam Daura, who heads the intelligence service, is not backing down on the report against Mr Magu. In fact, sources informed DENISAURUS News that he has added over 10 more charges to the 16 it listed to the Senate against Mr Magu.
Information received by this blog also indicates that the directive given by the President to the Attorney General of Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN to probe Mr Magu did not absolve him of any of the allegation made against him.
EFCC workers believe the report from Mr Malami must be made public, as they say they doubt it cleared Mr Magu.
Mr Magu will be the only person to have his nomination as chairman of the EFCC rejected.
Frustrating Whistle-Blower Policy
Insiders have alerted DENISAURUS News that Mr Magu is deliberately sabotaging the effort of PMB’s whistle-blowers policy.
An insider explained to this blog that sometime in 2015, a whistle blower wanted to pass some information across to the government regarding a huge sum of money that was diverted during the past administration.
Unfortunately, the person met with President Buhari and a presidency staff was directed to take the person to the Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Sadly, DENISAURUS News discovered that when the whistle blower was taken to Mr Magu, “instead of appreciating the information from the said person, he detained and locked up the whistle blower.”
According to the source:”Mr Magu used the crude police way of harassing an informant instead of appreciating the effort and possibly rewarding the whistle-blower.”
In other words, the recent recovery of $9.7 million and £74,000 Seized from Andrew Yakubu and the 17 cars retrieved from the Comptroller General of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko Inde “could not have been achieved with Mr Magu’s mind set.”