👤 By Danjuma Aliyu and Adenike Lucas
President Muhammadu Buhari today commissioned the new head office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
President Buhari, who campaigned in 2015 promising to kill corruption flew in from Jigawa to open the office, located along Airport Road, Jabi, in the Federal Capital Territory.
EFCC sources informed this paper that the architecture of the building was planned by another EFCC chair, Farida Waziri.
Mrs Waziri, who served as chief executive of the anti-graft agency from May 2008 – 23 November 2011 had budgetted N18billion for the entire project.
The money for the 10-storey building was approved by the then President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan in 2010.
Unfortunately, Mr Waziri, who was attacked by a sponsored news outfit based in New York, and had her reputation tarnished, was unable to complete the project as she was unceremoniously removed by President Jonathan.
Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, a corrupt Commissioner of Police, who is said to have implemented the plans of the only female to have led the anti-graft agency claims to have spent N24 billion to execute the project.
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Despite being unable to convict any politically exposed persons, the president today reaffirmed his promise to kill corruption.
He said: “My objective of fighting corruption remains steadfast.”
The President concluded the inauguration by counting some dollars in the presence of guests including the oba of Lagos.
Oba Rilwanu Akiolu, a former Assistant Inspector-General of Police, who is rumoured to be among the royals who collected money to support Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, has urged many to support President Buhari’s second term election bid.
Critics of President Buhari, 75, have often accused him of carrying out a psuedo fight against corruption.
DENISAURUS News gathered that even Mr Magu, the man meant to be fighting graft, was indicted by the Department of State Security Services, DSS.
According to the DSS, Mr Magu, is a liability to the corruption fight and a perennial offender, who can never change.
In 2016 and later on 15 March, 2017, the Senate rejected the nomination of Mr Magu, as the fourth substantive chairman of the EFCC.
During his screening, Mr Magu, who claims to have studied a Masters at University of Maiduguri, proved he was not suitable for the role, as he could not defend himself of the allegations made against him by the secret police.
When asked about assets recovered, he was also not able to furnish lawmakers with a suitable answer.
Yet, Mr Magu remains in office thanks to a dodgy relationship he has with the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
Government sources believe Prof Osinbajo wants to keep Mr Magu in office so he can be used as a tool to destablise opposition candidate during the 2019 elections.
The Oba of Lagos is also a firm supporter of Mr Magu, who is said to be doing his among all other in their circles bidding.
DENISAURUS News, the first media house to report Nigeria’s suspension from the Egmont Group, understands that Mr Magu still shares confidential information with media allies in order to tarnish the image of those perceived to be enemies of the current government.
Mr Magu is yet to successfully conduct an investigation that will lead to the conviction of any politically exposed persons.
Buhari’s Corruption Fight Is Partial
Meanwhile, Mr Magu caused another commotion when he appeared on a national TV station with a campaign badge of the President on his chest.
The Borno born officer, who pledged his loyalty to President Buhari on the Channels TV this morning, is lambasted by many.
@Adebayoraph said it was “unacceptable” and “unfortunate” that “Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman of EFCC; (of) a supposedly independent institution of government, wearing a chest badge of Buhari on Channels TV this morning, typifies the hypocrisy of the Buhari-led administration.”
“What does it say when the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, who is meant to be neutral, publicly and proudly wears President @MBuhari’s re-election lapel pin? Do you now believe us when we say that the EFCC under Buhari is nothing more than the armed wing of the APC? It’s Gestapo!” @renoomokri jeered in a post on Twitter.
@DemolaRewaju on the other hand pointed that the last time such “this happened was under Abacha – and we know how it ended.”