Magu: DSS bars journalists from probe venue



As details emerged on the events surrounding Ibrahim Magu, the embattled acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the  Department of Security Service (DSS) on Monday barred journalists from having access to Conference Centre of the State House, where he being interrogated by a Presidential probe panel, over alleged corruption.


Journalists who cover Aso Rock, Nigeria's seat of power, were turned back by officers of the DSS as the newsmen tried to ascertain the state of affairs there.


“They said you people should excuse the use of this place for today,” a security official politely told reporters.


Magu was reported to have been arrested by the DSS over alleged fraud, including owning four property and using agents to transfer money abroad.


However, both the EFCC and the DSS have denied the reported arrested. Magu's commission said in a statement to went to honour an invitation.


"The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr.  Ibrahim Magu on Monday, July 6, 2020, honoured an invitation by a Presidential Panel reviewing the activities of the EFCC, at the Banquet Hall wing of the Presidential Villa, Abuja," it said in a statement


“He was served the invitation to the Panel, while on his way to the Force Headquarters, Abuja for a meeting.  


“The EFCC's boss was neither arrested nor forced to honour the invitation.  A member of a legal team from the EFCC is also with him on the Panel.”