Magu’s suspension is now a couple of hours away from being made formal.
Ibrahim Magu has fallen out of favour at the presidency (EFCC)
‘Suspended’ Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, is back in the custody of Area 10, Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) of the police in Abuja.
It would be the second night Magu has spent in FCID custody after he was whisked from the entrance to his officein Wuse II on Monday, July 6, in gestapo fashion, and driven to the presidential villa to be grilled by theJustice Ayo Salami-led presidential panel probing him.
Sources tellPulsethat Magu’s private home in the Karu area of Abuja was thoroughly searched by security operatives on Tuesday at about 7pm.
After the search, Magu’s domestic staff were made to sign certain documents, before the operatives drove back to Magu’s official residence in Maitama.
The operatives also searched this official home in Maitama.
Ibrahim Magu has remained in an acting capacity at the EFCC since 2015 (Punch)
One security operative tellsPulseon condition of anonymity that Magu’s personal belongings have been moved out of his office, as the presidency gets set to name his replacement in the coming hours.
Sources at the presidency tellPulsethat Magu will be replaced by the next most senior officer within the ranks of the EFCC.
The next most senior officers in the EFCC areOla Olukoyede, a Redeemed Christian Church of God Pastor from Ekiti and current secretary of the EFCC; andMohammed Abba Umarwho is the EFCC’s director of operations.
The trials of Magu
Appointed acting EFCC Chairman byPresident Muhammadu Buhariin 2015 to succeedIbrahim Lamorde,58-year-old Magu from Borno State has twice had his confirmation request turned down by the Nigerian Senate due to allegations bordering on corruption.
Magu has had a running battle with the DSS and Attorney General of the FederationAbubakar Malamifor quite some time.
In 2016, the DSS wrote a stinging reportaccusing Magu of living large in a N40 million mansion, flying in private jets and receiving kickbacks from persons he should be investigating for corruption.
President Muhammadu Buhari (Left) and the Attorney General, Abubakar Malami (Right)
Malami recently sent a petition to President Buhari, accusing Magu of corruption.
Malami urged the president to sack Magu whom he accused of insubordination and diversion of assets recovered by the EFCC from corrupt persons.
The AGF’s letter reportedly contained 22 weighty allegations that also included accounting gaps or discrepancies of figures concerning the recovered assets.
After news of his suspension brokeon Tuesday, July 7,Pulseput several phone calls across to presidency spokespersonsGarba ShehuandFemi Adesinafor some kind of confirmation.
Those calls were neither answered nor returned.
Pulsehas however learnt that the presidency is now all but set to formally announce Magu’s suspension, following recommendations by the probe panel.
Ibrahim Magu (left) shakes hands with President Muhammadu Buhari (right) [EFCC]
Magu joined the police force as an Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1990.
He served as Coordinator, Nigeria Police Building Society before moving on to the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigeria Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
At the CID, he served as team lead in charge of Financial Crimes, Money Laundering and Advance Fee Fraud investigation.
Magu’s recent brush with the law is not his first. On August 4, 2008, Magu was arrested following allegations that the police discovered EFCC files and a computer containing classified documents in his Abuja residence.