👤 Exclusive: By Danjuma Aliyu, DENISAURUS News
A top government official has been accused by sources at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, of benefiting in the dodgy sales of seized oil vessels, DENISAURUS News can report
According to insiders, once an alert is gotten from the marine about an illegal vessel and the details shared with the anti-graft agents, Ola Olukoyede, the Secretary to the Commission, “would just appear from nowhere to insist on having every brief on the exhibit.”
The vessels are meant to be forfeited to the Federal Government if sold and the money remitted to the Consolidated Revenue Fund Account. However, what this paper was reliably informed is that it is sold off to proxies at a much cheaper sum.
The source who explained in a confidential interview with DENISAURUS News, said that those proxies are affiliated to the Vice President in some way, which is why they are sold to them at a cheaper price.
Speaking further, the support staff who does not want to be identified for fear of reprisal, said that Mr Olukoyede, who served as a former Chief of Staff to Mr Magu, along with the Vice President are abusing their office to acquire those seized vessels illegally, by buying them using fronts at a cheaper rate.
Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who has a soft spot for Mr Magu, has been able to keep the anti-graft boss in office, even after an indicting report from the state security service.
Professor Osinbajo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria has also helped Mr Magu evade a mandatory course that come with his promotion.
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However, Mr Magu who has tried so hard to dodge the course at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, this paper understands might be starting the course this November 2019.
The letter for his progress to the Senior Executive Course – a programme he has to attend following his promotion to Commissioner of Police, landed in his laps a few weeks ago.
The acting chairman of the EFCC, whose promotion we exclusively published by DENISAURUS News months before it was confirmed by the Police Service Commission, PSC, still wants to seek a way to prevent the inevitable.
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Sources say he made a crucial attempt to meet up with President Muhammadu Buhari during the Eid Kabir festival.
Whistleblowers within Mr Magu’s circle says that the President is now willing to allow the EFCC acting chair, a man described as a perennial offender by the Department of State Service, DSS, to proceed on the NIPSS course.
Those familiar with the situation had also stated that the chairman of the PSC, Musliu Smith, was not willing to compromise the list of attendees on the course, despite pressure from a very top government official close to Mr Magu.
The Vice President who it is understood has the firm grip of the anti-graft agencies in the country, has supported Mr Magu’s stay at the Commission, and at one point claimed that the anti graft boss did not need to be confirmed by the Senate.
Our legal advisers have always stated that the VP’s position on the law of confirmation of EFCC chairs was incorrect. They say that all other chairs had to be confirmed. Why should Mr Magu’s case be different?
DENISAURUS News, the first to exclusively report Nigeria’s suspension from the Egmont Financial Intelligence Unit, was alerted to Mr Magu’s most recent scheme for confirmation.
Yet, a top government official has confirmed to this paper that Mr Magu’s name will not be represented to the Senate.
In fact, the source, a senior member of government, explained that things are a bit skewed for the corrupt Commissioner of Police, whose top supporter is now working against him.
In another exposé, it was revealed that Mr Magu has been giving fake and favourable report on the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS Babatunde Fowler, but he is said to have given the kitchen cabinet an indicting report on the revenue boss.
Mr Fowler is an associate and like the VP, a beneficiary of the party chieftain in Lagos.
DENISAURUS News was informed on how Mr Fowler of FIRS enabled a bigger fraud, by way of relocating the revenue ‘Data Centre’ away from the agency’s headquarters in Abuja to Lagos.
Instead, a Chieftain of the APC Asiwaju Tinubu, who happens to be his benefactor, would use this as an avenue to swindle Nigeria and Nigerians of billions of Naira, yet with claims of having generated imaginary revenue for the country.
According to our source, at the time that the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Abba Kyari queried Mr Fowler, the duo of Asiwaju Tinubu and VP Yemi Osinbajo didn’t know that EFCC’s Magu had given a detailed report on impunity and corruption against the revenue boss.
An insider explained that it was the reason why the party chieftain used his newspaper, The Nation to publish the reply of Mr Fowler’s response to query, and made a media spin that portrayed as if the whole issue was not about a shortfall in revenue generation by the FIRS under its present leadership.
The source further revealed, at the moment, the kitchen cabinets have a very indicting report on Mr Fowler, given to them by EFCC’s Magu. While on the other hand, the anti-graft boss had forwarded a separate but exonerating report on the same revenue boss to VP Osinbajo, to portray loyalty for keeping him at EFCC all this years, despite DSS report which indicted him.
With this, DENISAURUS News learned, it’s bound to cause a scandalous rift between Mr Magu who has long been supported by the VP and the Lagos Party Chieftain.
Meanwhile, on the issue of the seized vessels scam, the EFCC Spokesman Wilson Uwujaren has not been able to respond to our calls, over enquiry on why the dodgy sales to VP Osinbajo’s cronies, rather than genuine auction on behalf of the Federal Government.