Ibrahim Magu, the embattled Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission spent Monday night at a Police cell in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, following allegations of maleficence against him.
This was despite denials on Monday by both the EFCC and the Department of State Security, which was alleged to have arrested the commission’s helmsman.
But the commission that advises Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on the fight against corruption has said that Magu is a victim “power-play by power blocs in the corridors of power” led by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation.
“the information reaching us is that Ibrahim Magu was only invited to appear before a Panel set up not long ago concerning some alleged memo by Malami, Attorney General and Minister of justice, regarding some alleged malfeasance an along with nominations for his replacement.
Details have emerged that Magu was quizzed for seven hours by a 7-man Presidential Panel investigating allegations against him. The panel is headed by retired Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ayo Salami, and has members from other government agencies.
Some of the 22 allegations are as follows:
Alleged discrepancies in the reconciliation records of the EFCC and the Federal Ministry of Finance on recovered funds
Declaration of N539billion as recovered funds instead of N504b earlier claimed
Insubordination to the office of the AGF by not seeking his approval on some decisions
Not providing enough evidence for the extradition of ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke
Alleged late action on the investigation of Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) leading to legal dispute
Not respecting court order to unfreeze a N7billion judgment in favour of a former Executive Director of First Bank
Alleged delay in acting on two vessels seized by Nigerian Navy leading to the loss of crude
Alleged favoring of some investigators called Magu’s Boys
Reporting some judges to their presiding officers without deferring to the AGF
Alleged sales of seized assets to cronies, associates and friends
Alleged issuance of investigative activities to some media prejudicial to some cases.