Exclusive: By Adenike Lucas
Questions are beginning to arise over the authenticity of Ibrahim Mustafa Magu’s accountancy degree.
Mr Magu’s nomination as the 4th substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC was rejected by the Senate due to an indicting report by the State Security Service.
During his poor screening in March, which has been described as a failed job interview, Mr Magu, 53, gave lawmakers a rundown of his education background in an attempt to show his suitability for the role.
Mr Magu claimed to be a graduate of Accounting. He said in the one-minute mark of the video below, that he received his degree from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
“I also had the master degree in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice in the same institution,” Mr Magu said in his boast to senior lawmakers.
Speaking with so much glee, the corrupt police officer added that he had also received a post graduate certificate in corruption studies from the University of Hong Kong.
However, alarming now is the fact that on the commission’s website, the crack detective, a native of Maiduguri, Borno State, is stated to have “an honours degree in Accounting from the University of Maiduguri.”
Sources, who have long questioned his certificate claims were alarmed with Mr Magu’s display at his screening.
One staff said: “Possibly Mr Magu did not attend university. In fact, from what I heard, he is just using the certificate of a relative who bears the same name. That’s why one minute he says he went to ABU and another minute, he went to UniMaid. The lines are confusing.”
They say there has been a discussion in the staff room about Mr Magu’s certificate.
DENISAURUS News, which has been given exclusive access to staff was reliably informed this year, that Mr Magu did not study B.Sc Accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, like he claimed.
A source close to Mr Magu previously revealed that the EFCC acting boss “did not actually attend the degree program he claimed.”
Rather, it was the degree result of his late cousin, who happens to bear similar family name with him, that he is using.
The source said: “Mr Magu made me understand that it was quite difficult scaling through school that time, hence the decision to cut-corner for soft landing when he joined the Nigeria Police Force NPF.
He asked: “Are you not surprised, during his (Magu’s) screening at the NASS Senate, an Accountancy Degree graduate, being unable to respond to the question on the sum so far recovered by the agency under Mr Magu’s leadership?
“Even if he could not be certain, possibly that at the time he was at NASS, Mr Magu should know the last recovery by the EFCC.”