Exclusive: By Adenike Lucas and Danjuma Aliyu
A veteran journalist has said that Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has lost “integrity,” and should vacate office immediately.
Malam Mustapha Yamusa Rigasa, who in the past was among a litany of supporters of Mr Magu, said he was shocked at what he witnessed at the commissioning of the new Kaduna’s EFCC zonal office.
“For openly hobnobbing with some corrupt politicians from Kaduna State to the extent of inviting the plenty suspected corrupt politicians to zonal office where they were honoured,” he demanded that the rejected EFCC boss vacates the office of the anti-graft commission, despite the backing of the Acting and Vice President.
The veteran Facebook journalist said: “Magu’s integrity is questionable, he couldn’t continue to fight against corruption as corrupt politicians dominated Kaduna’s EFCC zonal office.”
The Senate rejected Mr Magu’s nomination as the 4th substantive chairman of the anti-graft agency in March. The Borno born Deputy Commissioner was unable to defend a 16-paragraph allegation made against him by the Department of State Services, DSS.
The report from the state security service described Mr Magu as a corrupt officer, who was utilising police lackeys to carry out corrupt acts and fraternising with the detained air commodore, Umar Mohammed (Rtd). However, Professor Yemi Osinbajo continues to support the corrupt officer.
Legislators in the upper chamber recently reaffirmed their call for Mr Magu to leave office, as he is unfit. However, Prof Osinbajo, who was represented by Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna at the commissioning of the Kaduna’s EFCC zonal office, has said that the corrupt officer is going nowhere as long as he remained the Acting President.
“Mr chairman, two weeks ago, I discussed the EFCC and your appointment with President Muhammadu Buhari and he told me he has confidence in you and in the commission and the work that you have been doing, and as long as he is president you remain the chairman of the EFCC,” he said.
“Last night, I spoke with the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, who reconfirmed the position of the president and told me that as long as he remained the acting president or vice-president, Ibrahim Magu would remain the chairman of the EFCC.
“That is the only message from the president, so those thinking that corruption is winning this war, Magu would remain their nightmare for the next two years or six years as the case may be.”
In a facebook post, Malam Rigasa explained that the only thing left for the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to do “is to sack Ibrahim Magu in order to save the integrity of the anti -graft agency, or else the senators will do the needful as expected.”