By Danjuma Aliyu and Adenike Lucas
For the first time in its history, the nomination of a chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC was rejected by the Senate.
Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, who has remained in acting position, despite an indicting report by the secret police has been plagued by a number of corruption scandals since he was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in November 2015.
EFCC staff have long reported to this paper the corrupt act of their boss.
In June 2016, a staff narrated a case where Mr Magu and the National Security Adviser, NSA, General Babagana Monguno were both working together to corruptly enrich themselves.
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Similarly, in August 2016, another staff exclusively informed DENISAURUS News that Mr Magu, a newly promoted Commissioner of Police, did not declare an asset recovered from an arms deal suspect.
The story written by Adenike Lucas was cited as the reason for the arrest of the popular blogger, Abubakar Sidiq Usman.
EFCC workers noted then that their boss had ordered Abusidiq’s arrest so as to stop others from speaking out.
Abusidiq’s arrest has caused EFCC staffers to petition the Senate and Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
Many of their allegation against the Borno officer, have since been confirmed in a report written by the Department of State Security Services, DSS and sent to the Senate in October 2016.
Aside to the DSS report, Mr Magu, a perennial offender, was caught leaking confidential information gathered from the Egmont Group to media allies.
DENISAURUS News reported that Mr Magu’s action led to Nigeria being shut out of accessing the crucial financial server. At the time Mr Magu denied the report, only for other news outlet to report the same story three months after.
Recently, Mr Magu, was accused by the Finance Minister of concorting the figures on assets recovered.
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In the letter dated February 9, 2018, and personally signed by her, entitled “Summary of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) recoveries from May 2015 to January 2018”, the Finance minister wrote:
“This is to notify you of the records of cash assets recoveries in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from May 2015 till date based on the information available to the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation.
“It has, however, come to the attention of the Ministry of Finance, the use of recovery figures in media reports by the EFCC that do not reconcile with the records of the Ministry.
You are, therefore, kindly requested to clarify where these cash recoveries have been deposited and provide accompanying evidence.”
EFCC sources who have spoken to DENISAURUS News reporters in the past, state that Mr Magu who claims to have recovered over N500 billion, could not give an account of the monies found.
Failure to report as directed was going to lead to his suspension or recent findings shows that there are preparation to send Mr Magu to the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPS.
According to a staff, following our recent expose, Mr Magu has decided to reject his new promotion. He has also packed many of his belonging from the office in Abuja.