By Danjuma Aliyu
Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, failed to seek permission from the appropriate authorities before moving to arrest two former senior intelligence officer a Senate Committee has indicated.
In November 2017, “corrupt” anti-graft boss led a team to the home of the former Director General of the DSS Ita Ekpenyong, and National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke to arrest them, but he was prevented from doing so. The act was seen as a huge embarrassment within the security circle.
Consequently, the Senate President Bukola Saraki set up a panel to probe the clash between the EFCC, DSS and NIA.
The Vanguard Newspaper reported that the Senate Panel led by Francis Alimikhena, indicted Mr Magu for failing to obtain authorisation from the National Security Adviser, NSA Babagana Monguno or President Buhari in accordance with section 4 of National Security Agency Act, Cap 74 LFN 2004, before making moves for the arrest.
The report states: “The EFCC, when dealing with sister agencies that are clandestine in nature, must conduct its activities with minimum publicity in order to retain the integrity of the institutions. Public altercations as witnessed by these agencies must not be allowed to repeat itself.
“Although there is no institution or individual that is above the law or immuned from investigation, however, the security agencies must be properly guarded against blanket investigations as those can jeopardize our security operations and bring our country into disrepute both locally and internationally.
“That search and arrest operation that may be conductted in the future on these agencies must first have Presidential Approval; it must be done in a discreet manner rather than in full public glare.”
The indictment is not the first against “corrupt” Mr Magu. EFCC staff members have long exposed their corrupt boss in several report exclusively published on DENISAURUS Newspaper.
In 2016, the Department of State Security’s Services, DSS wrote a report which described the Borno born officer as a perennial offender who would become a liability to the corruption fight.
The report, which helped to confirm many of the expose from staffers, was one of the reason why Mr Magu’s nomination as chairman of the EFCC was rejected by lawmakers on March 15, 2016.