Exclusive: By Adenike Lucas
Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has found himself in a landscape of never ending calamity since November 2015.
The most recent event happens to be over a verbal instruction he gave with the file of a fresh suit against the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Justice Umar Danladi.
Justice Danladi is accused of demanding a bribe of 10 million Naira from Rasheed Owolabi Taiwo in 2012.
But back in 2016, the EFCC cleared the tribunal judge of the same allegation.
DENISAURUS News learned in 2017, that a letter was written to the Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF before the end of erstwhile EFCC Chair Ibrahim Lamorde’s tenure in 2015.
The letter with reference (EFCC/EC/SGF/03/56), had hitherto exonerated Justice Danladi of the said allegations.
However, two years down the line, after the CCT Chair upheld the “No Case Submission” of Senator Saraki, Mr Magu has decided to backtrack and charge Justice Danladi on the same allegations, which he was exonerated by the EFCC twice.
DENISAURUS News gathered from a reliable source that Mr Magu had directed a staff to issue a separate clearance in April 2016, as he thought the CCT chair would help him nail the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Unfortunately, the CCT chair instead, cleared Senator Saraki, saying there was no case for him to answer.
Sources have told this newspaper that the anti-graft boss, who had in the past sacrificed agency’s staff after granting approval for actions, is presently trying to deny his involvement in the purported letter written by the EFCC to the SGF, on April, 20, 2016 referenced (EFCC/P/HRU/688/V.30/99).
In the letter, the EFCC stated that the allegation against the Judge were “mere suspicions.”
The said letter which cleared the CCT Chair over the alleged demand for ten million Naira from Mr Taiwo, resurfaced moment after news of the fresh charges against Justice Danladi began to circulate.
This has left Mr Magu very fearful of his position at the Commission.
The Deputy Police Commissioner, described as a “perennial offender” is set to be exiting the Commission soon, as the Senate has twice rejected him.
Last week, reporters gathered that a Federal High Court in Abuja had validated the Senate’s right to reject the corrupt officer.
According to our sources, Mr Magu hopes to cause much havoc before his departure.
The 53-year-old, known for passing the buck when the chips are down, is said to be up to his usual scheming ways.
EFCC workers asked if their boss had “usurped the powers of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, who had also backed the letter exonerating the CCT Chair?”
“Though, this is the usual character of our boss, who doesn’t regard Mr Malami’s Powers of being his supervisory minister as enshrined in Section 174 of the 1999 Constitution.”
Five months into his appointment as acting Chair of EFCC by President Muhammadu Buhari in November 2015, the anti-graft agency’s boss, Mr Magu, ordered a letter to be written by a top management official, which cleared the CCT chair, from a bribery allegations emanating from a petition.
According to our source, Mr Magu and godfathers (A Top government official, Party Chieftain et al) had observed that the trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki at CCT, could hit a brick wall over the integrity of CCT Chair, hence instructed that a ‘second letter’ be forwarded to SGF’s office, intimating on the fact that Justice Danladi never engaged in any financial infractions.
The Department of State Services, DSS, had in a report sent to NASS Senate in October 2016, accused Mr Magu of ‘corruption and impunity,’ having failed an ‘integrity test,’ with a conclusion that if confirmed by the senior lawmakers, the anti-graft boss would be a ‘liability on anti-graft war’ of this administration.
Opposition party members have often accused the government of President Buhari, as being one-sided in its fight against corruption.
They believe Mr Magu uses the anti-graft agency in a negative manner, by going after perceived enemies of Mr President or the governing party’s ideological opponents.
Staff members at the EFCC are asking, “has the report of the DSS not exonerated us and the Secret Police?.”
In their final argument, they say there is now enough justification for President Buhari to Sack Mr Magu, after the Court judgment by Justice John Tsoho, affirming the Constitutional power of the NASS Senate to either confirm or reject any nominee from the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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Spokesman of the EFCC, Mr Wilson Uwujaren could not be reached for comments on the ‘abracadabra charges’ by Mr Magu on the CCT Chair, as he no longer respond to our messages or calls.