Exclusive : By Danjuma Aliyu
The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC who was indicted for corruption by the Department of State Services, DSS, has been promoted to commissioner of police.
The Secret Police said Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, a perennial offender, lacked integrity.
Consequently in March 2017 and December 2016, his nomination as the fourth Chairman of the anti-graft commission was rejected by the Senate.
The 53-year-old who was described as a liability to the fight against corruption, has been accused of victimising and bullying his subordinates and have prevented the promotion of core EFCC staff.
However, this week DENISAURUS News understands that Mr Magu who was a level 14 Assistant Commissioner of Police as at 2016 has been promoted to Commissioner role, level 16.
Mr Magu’s promotion is yet to be announced to the public, however, the news has already began to circulate within the Commission.
The promotion of the corrupt Borno born, who enjoys the support of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has raised suspicions among all staff members.
Professor Osinbajo, a firm supporter of Mr Magu claimed the “corrupt” Borno born was the most senior officer, a claim that is not true as there are three internationally respected directors who are at an equivalent rank of an Assistant Inspector General, AIG (Level 17) – a more senior role than Mr Magu’s newly promoted rank of Commissioner.
Concerned staff at the EFCC believe “this new promotion might be a way of ensuring that the assertion by Vice President is corroborated by a rapid promotion for Mr Magu.”
They argued that Nigeria’s number two man deliberately sold a lie to Nigerians about how Mr Magu is the most senior official, adding that indeed, the most senior staff is one Ayo Peter Olowonihi, a level 17.
“They did this so as to to tell gullible Nigerians that Vice President didn’t lie.
“Unfortunately, even if the anti-graft boss was given two suspicious promotions at a go, it doesn’t change the fact that there is still a Core EFCC Management Director/ Operative who is still senior to Mr Magu.
“Let it be on record, that the illegal support which VP Osinbajo had been giving to Mr Magu, has in a way crippled the security architecture of Nigeria,” a senior staff told DENISAURUS News.
DENISAURUS News has stood in solidarity with EFCC staff and has reported exclusively corruption within the Commission. Our editor says that “The VP has a tarred integrity because of his insistence on Mr Magu. He twisted the law about Mr Magu’s confirmation and now he deliberately mislead the country about the rank of Mr Magu.
“Posterity will surely come knocking on the doors of Professor Osinbajo soon,” she added.
Members of staff who first raised the allegation of corruption against their boss to this newspaper, before it was later confirmed by the DSS, lambasted the promotion saying that it was undue.
As a Commissioner of Police, Mr Magu has been awarded two promotions within the space of two years.
The news of Mr Magu’s promotion comes a few weeks after the scandal in police promotion.
A serving senator also once said that Police officers pay millions of Naira to the Inspector General of Police in order to get promoted.
Senator Isa Misau, a former police officer said: “There are serving police officers who are now demoralized because of the activities of the office of the IGP.
“Mr President,” the Senate member for Bauchi Central went on to say on the floor of the National Assembly: “even when it comes to appointment, the IG decided to have his own boys who are just assistant commissioner of police, he will give them special promotion.
“He will give them deputy commissioner of police, they won’t spend three months or six months he will just give them acting commissioners of police.”
A source who informed this newspaper of Mr Magu’s special promotion, said despite all the indicting charges against the EFCC acting chair, he was rewarded with a promotion.
Mr Magu was recently accused of giving false narration of figures on the recovery of assets from accused suspects.
In a letter dated February 9th with reference number FMF/HMF/EFCC/S-EFCC-REC/2018/1, the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun wrote the self-acclaimed anti-graft chair to report to her records of cash assets recoveries in the custody of the EFCC.
She noted that “from May 2015 till date based on the information available to the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation the report of recovery figures in media and reports by the EFCC did not reconcile with the records of the Ministry.”