👤 EXCLUSIVE: Adenike Lucas and Danjuma Aliyu, DENISAURUS News
Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been caught in the web of stealing from his former staff, who had either resigned or got victimised by the anti-graft boss out of the agency. DENISAURUS News has learned.
Staff members, who spoke to DENISAURUS News, confirmed that their boss, is scamming the Nigerian Federal Government by inflating the Commission’s wage bill.
Mr Magu, 58, a “perennial offender,” adds names of staff who are no longer in the agency on the wage bill, that is sent to the National Assembly.
The money is paid, but the staff is no longer at the commission, so the money is eaten up by Mr Magu,” DENISAURUS News, was informed.
It is not the first time, this paper has reported on how the EFCC boss is looting staff salaries.
However, it seems that this time, the Federal Government might be willing to do something about it.
A staff, who spoke to the paper under condition of anonymity, revealed that he tendered his resignation in 2018, but his name was still on the wage bill submitted to the NASS Senate.
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In fact, the staff, who worked with the Commission for ten years, said he was not being paid salaries even before he got frustrated and decided to leave.
This paper understands that he will be willing to approach the court for justice.
This will add to the pressure on Mr Magu, who is feeling the heat of the exposé that have been released about him and Prophet Omale.
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This has caused Mr Magu, to suddenly look for ways to improve his image in the media.
Hence, the recent announcement of bribes given by some Chinese business men to EFCC officials, though got the suspects entrapped.
According to our sources, the anti-graft boss would ensure these wages of resigned staff get to be allocated to the EFCC, then turn around and divert same into his pocket through fraudulent claims.
In other words, Mr Magu, after taking his share from the budgetary allocation, would thereafter unsmartly transfer deductions such as pension, Housing Funds, NHIS remittance among others to the savings of the staff members who are no longer or temporary out of the services of the EFCC.
Unfortunately for the anti-graft boss, despite this unintelligent stealing of the wages of the resigned staff, still tends to send alert of pension and other deductions to the phone contacts of these staff, who now realise that their salaries are being received by the commission under wage bill.
The EFCC boss, whose nomination was rejected twice, due to an indicting intelligence report from the Department of State Services, DSS, also collects salary of staff members that are now deceased.
Meanwhile, since his appointment as acting chairman of the EFCC in November 2015, this paper understands that staff members that have left the service of the agency are over fifty (50) employees in number. Some could no longer cope with the high handedness of Mr Magu, in terms of bullying and victimisation.
On the other hand, the anti-graft boss succeeded in frustrating and framing up other staff members into indefinite suspension or dismissals, as if though he uses the opportunity to steal their salaries, when they are no longer in the services of the EFCC.
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However, other staff members who were also placed on indefinite suspension by Mr Magu for no justification, and no longer being paid their salaries, still get to see deductions like pensions and others.
This implies that their salaries are still being received into the commission’s account and diverted by the anti-graft boss over the years.
Further information gathered by DENISAURUS News from our sources, goes to show that EFCC’s Magu only dismisses and suspend staff members at will, but goes behind to ensure their salaries are diverted and serves as his conduit of looting from the commission.
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Unequivocally, we can reveal that the strand of evidence on the numerous financial infractions of Mr Magu, available to this newspaper is quite overwhelming, but can only be made available only when there are indications that the present government is serious on probing the anti-graft boss.
As at the time of filing this report, the new EFCC spokesman, Dele Oyewale, could not be reached to further clarify some of these allegations, even though this newspaper was given proof of resignation and deduction alerts received by some former staff members.