Exclusive: By Adenike Lucas
DENISAURUS News can authoritatively state that Nigeria remains shut out of accessing the server of a world Financial Intelligence Units, FIUs.
The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit domiciled at the EFCC, was suspended from the secured Egmont Group – a server which allows the exchange of expertise and financial intelligence to combat money laundering and terrorist financing (ML/TF), since May.
The editor of this news website, Adenike Lucas, who published the story exclusively, cited the reason as sabotage by Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Two months ago when the report was published, EFCC sources said that the anti-graft boss was also “exposing privileged information to those who should not be allowed access.”
Mr Magu, 53, failed to comply with legal regime framework as required by the Egmont group.
“All effort to get the EFCC to comply has been resisted by Mr Magu,” the source said.
Last night, Joe, not his real name, we are protecting his identity to prevent him from being targeted in the office has confirmed to DENISAURUS News, that the NFIU has not been reconnected to the server.
The Egmont group, worried that Mr Magu was divulging confidential information to allies have given six months for the country to change an Act, so it gives the FIU autonomy. If changes are not made by January, the NFIU will be totally expelled.
However, instead, of coming clean, the “rejected” chief executive of the anti-graft commission denied the issue and called out Miss Lucas, saying she was been sponsored by “paymasters.”
While the mainstream media has been silent about what is happening at the NFIU, Miss Lucas, has won the confidence of EFCC staff by reporting many of the corrupt act of Mr Magu.
The allegations published by this website were later corroborated by the Department of State Services, DSS. The Intel report formed part of the basis to which Mr Magu’s nomination was finally rejected by the Senate.
Lawmakers rejected Mr Magu in March and they requested that he vacates the office and a replacement name from the Executive. Those legislators recently reaffirmed their position about Mr Magu, stating that they would not confirm any nominees until their demands are meet.
Miss Lucas, today said: “I have been vindicated. I have been accused of all sort but, I stand by my report dated May 7. I wrote it based on concrete fact I got from a reliable source at the agency.
“As I alleged in my piece, the NFIU is not autonomous. The director is appointed by the executive of the EFCC. At present, Mr Magu has appointed two directors. The place is in a state of disarray.
“It is now clear who is lying here. It is Mr Magu! He really is a ‘liability to the anti-corruption fight,’ as the DSS report states.
“Obviously the DSS report still hangs over Mr Magu’s head and it is also becoming more apparent that Nigeria has been completely shut down from the Egmont group. The EFCC acting boss has several questions to answer.”