By Adenike Lucas
A leaked copy of a memo sent to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, is dominated with evidence of corruption against Ibrahim Mustafa Magu.
Mr Magu’s nomination as the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC was rejected based on a report written by the Director-General of the Department of Secret Services, DSS.
The DSS 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.”
Mr Magu was accused of living a double life. The indicting report went on to state that the acting chairman had formed a close and sinister relationship with the arrested air commodore, Umar Mohammed, rtd.
Mr Magu reportedly helped in securing a contract of N43 million for his friend Mr Mohammed to renovate his apartment.
Sensitive documents issued in favour of the EFCC were later found in the home of the retired air pilot.
“A classified letter from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) to the EFCC Chairman titled Re: Request to Freeze Accounts of Messrs Bebey Merchant Ltd and 20 others dated 7th March, 2016,” where duly received by the EFCC but found in Commodore UMAR’s (Mohammed) house, during a search by the DSS.
Similarly, Mr Magu was awarded “severe reprimand and punishment” for unauthorised removal of EFCC files and acts in 2010.” In 2008, document belonging to the EFCC where discovered in Mr Magu’s home.
Mr Magu claimed he was working from home, but DENISAURUS News has obtained a copy of the commission’s rules and regulation. In it, all staff bar the chief executive are prohibited from ever taking files out of the office.
In the 16-paragraph letter, the DSS further states that Mr Magu and Mr Mohammed were running a blackmailing cartel with document illegally obtained from the agency.
During his screening on Wednesday 15 March, 2017, Mr Magu could not defend the allegation made against him.
But the DSS report did not only indict Mr Magu, it also confirmed allegations EFCC workers made to this news site about their boss.
President Muhammadu Buhari, PMB ordered the AGF to investigate Mr Magu over the allegation made against him. Most assumed that the Mr Malami, SAN had cleared Mr Magu of any wrongdoing hence EFCC staffers demanded that they see the report which he wrote and handed over to the President on the matter.
This month, Reporters from DENISAURUS News were reliably informed that the DS DG was standing firmly by the claims the agency made against Mr Magu.
The leaked letter which refers to a document with a reference number HAGF/DSS/2016/VOL1/7 justified the stand taken by the DSS.
Mr Magu who confessed to taking files home had broken the commission rules. The DSS report said a “copy of the 20th plenary meeting of the Police Service Commission on 20th December, 2010,” was obtained.
“The minute indicates that MAGU was indicted after a disciplinary process and awarded serve reprimand for action prejudicial to state security, withholding of EFCC files, sabotage, unauthorised removal of EFCC files and Acts unbecoming of a police officer. It is worthy to note here that severe reprimand is the second highest punishment to be given to an erring officer, other than compulsory retirement or dismissal from service.”
The new document sent to the AGF also provides a confessional statement by Mr Mohammed.
Mr Mohammed’s “statement affirms his ownership of Valcour SA Nigeria Limited, a company awarded the contract of securing and furnishing an official residence for Ibrahim MAGU by the FCTA. Investigation revealed that this was facilitated after MAGU was earlier shown the residence by one Uche ALEKA, a close business associate of UMAR (Mohammed), who was introduced to MAGU by the former.
See DSS memo below.