👤 By Adenike Lucas
Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been urged by the outgoing British High Commission to Nigeria not to take sides in the February 2019 elections.
Paul Arkwright who made a visit to the EFCC Headquarters on Wednesday said: “INEC and EFCC should be there to preserve the integrity of the political process, including taking forward investigations without any prejudice on one side or the other, following the evidence and taking action where it is justified.”
In reply, Mr Magu tried to give assurances that “there is no political interference in what we do.”
He said: “We will continue to work with stakeholders like INEC who we have an agreement with to ensure that there is no interference to ensure free and fair election in Nigeria and we will stop people using money to buy votes.”
But, Mr Magu was seen wearing the re-election lapel pin of President Muhammadu Buhari and various sources have told DENISAURUS News that his continued “stay put” at the Commission, despite his rejection by the Senate is at the insistence of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
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Professor Osinbajo a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, confirmed our 2016 reports by publicly stating in March 2018 that “Magu is going nowhere.”
The Vice President, who argues that Mr Magu did not need the confirmation of the Senate, said: “I have known him personally right from the time of the very first chairman of the commission till now, he is a very dedicated, trustworthy gentleman.Don’t forget he is also the most senior official of the EFCC.”
However, contrary to Professor Osinbajo’s statement, Mr Magu is not the most senior staff at the EFCC.
DENISAURUS News understands that the Commission has three internationally recognised and trained serving directors – position that is equivalent to Assistant inspector General of Police (AIG) in the Federal civil service ranking.
This paper discovered that there are at least 20 serving deputy directors who are staff of the EFCC, a rank that is equivalent to that of a Commissioner of Police (CP) in the Nigerian police Force and the Commission also has additional 20 Assistant Directors who are equivalent to the rank of a Deputy Commissioner of Police in the Nigerian Police Force.
Mr Magu whose special promotion as Commissioner of Police was first reported by this website is still not the most senior staff.
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According to operatives at the EFCC, one Ayo Olowonihi, a level 17 is senior to Mr Magu in rank.
DENISAURUS News has consistently reported internal corruption at the anti-graft agency. EFCC staffers have since December 2015, given an expose about their boss to this paper. The allegations were confirmed by the Department of State Security Service, DSS.
Mr Magu, described as a “perennial offender” has on his own part proven the secret police right as he has confirmed himself to be a “liability to the corruption fight.”
This paper exclusively reported Nigeria’s suspension from the Egmont Group in May 2017. Back then, the financial body which has members that includes the UK, US and Sudan, blamed Mr Magu for “exposing privileged information to those who should not be allowed access.”
The “rejected” anti-graft boss who was strategically appointed to cover up corruption cases for a ruling party chieftain has failed to comply with legal regime framework as required by the Egmont group.
“All effort to get the EFCC to comply has been resisted by Mr Magu,” a source said at the time.