👤 Adenike Lucas and Abdul Tukur, DENISAURUS News
Police seconded to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC are soon to be replaced by trained operatives from the Department of State Service, DSS, DENISAURUS News has been exclusively informed.
The EFCC, which is now led by Abdul Rasheed Bawa, a core operative, has 2,200 staff on its nominal roll. This numbers include up to 850 police officers, who our source say will be phased out.
This paper which has followed the event of things at the EFCC for over five years, understands the investigative panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari, to investigate a former Chairman of the Commission, advised that police be eased out.
The easing out of police men from the EFCC has been one of the campaigns heavily championed by DENISAURUS News.
Insiders who spoke to Adenike Lucas, the Editor-In-Chief of DENISAURUS News, for prolong period of time, complained bitterly of how Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, the only EFCC boss never to be confirmed and who was eventually arrested before he was replaced by Mr Bawa, was deliberately filling the commission with police officers.
Mr Magu, 58, who was promoting his police colleagues, was said to be deliberately denying core operatives due promotion, and was also accused of bullying and victimising many of them.
In a no-holds barred interview with Miss Lucas, staff revealed that core staff had been unfairly treated by Mr Magu. This was because Mr Magu, apparently was scared of a challenge. He had hoped to flood the commission with police officers, to drown the voice of complaining senior core operatives
The unfair treatment of core operatives were widely reported by this paper and several petitions were forwarded to President Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN.
In 2020, Mr Malami, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, then submitted a memo to President Buhari, urging him to take action against Mr Magu, over missing monies and assets worth billions.
An investigative panel was constituted by the President to look at the issues raised by the AGF. The panel, which was lead by a former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami, sources informed DENISAURUS News had heavily indicted Mr Magu, a Commissioner of Police.
The panel which had members including a Deputy police inspector-general Michael Ogbizi, advised that police officers should be eased out of the EFCC.
DENISAURUS News has now exclusively learned from insiders that secret police will now join core staff at the commission.