Nigeria: EFCC suspends Magu


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Nigeria’s EFCC boss suspended from office following secret tribunal

Nigeria’s EFCC boss suspended from office following secret tribunal

By Oluwatosin Adeshokan
Friday, 17 July 2020

Facing a slew of allegations of fraud including the diversion of recovered funds and seized assets, Ibrahim Magu, the head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has been suspended from office. His suspension follows an all too familiar trend of top bosses of the Nigerian anti-graft agency facing the axe in very questionable ways for allegedly questionable behaviour.

Prior to joining the EFCC as the top boss, Ibrahim Magu was embroiled in a separate scandal.

It was reported at the time that under former EFCC boss Farida Waziri, Magu had been arrested at his Lagos home with EFCC case files and computers. The next day, Magu – who had served as the Head of the EFCC Economic Governance Unit – had his Abuja home raided by EFCC officials looking for EFCC files and a computer containing classified documents.

It was allegedly around this time that Magu’s problems came from other politicians friendly with the former EFCC boss Waziri. Later, Waziri would be removed from her position by President Goodluck Jonathan on accusations that the EFCC had been selective in its investigations.

But policy experts assert that it was because of the falling out with the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice at the time over the prosecution of cases that were brought before the court.

Origins of the EFCC
Nigeria’s EFCC was established in 2003 in part as response to pressure from the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering after the group named Nigeria as one of the 23 countries that were uncooperative in the global fight against money laundering.

But, according to Transparency International, Nigeria currently ranks 146th out of 180 countries scoring a miserly 26% despite the 17 year run of the anti-graft agency. “EFCC came in because Nigeria was not fighting corruption. There needed to be a structure different from the police or the ICPC [Independent Corrupt Practices Commission]. But, even now, the EFCC does not fight corruption on the scale that’s needed,” Damilola Adebayo, a Lagos-based policy expert, tells The Africa Report.

Since its inception, the EFCC has been accused of being a political tool used to target enemies of the ruling politicians in Nigeria. “A lot of institutions in Africa and Nigeria especially are not strong. The EFCC is no different and this means that rogue agents can wield power any way they choose,” explains Adebayo.

The EFCC is carefully tucked within the presidency with the EFCC head reporting directly to the president of Nigeria. The reporting system has almost always caused friction with the office of the Inspector General of Police or the Attorney General of the Federation. “Someone has to back the EFCC and putting it within the presidency was just to show that it would not fall by the wayside and become one of the many unfunded organisations begging for scraps within the budget,” adds Adebayo...n incorruptible and courageous officer....


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Ansa to five big qweshion about Magu arrest and probe - BBC News Pidgin

Ibrahim Magu: Answers to five questions around di arrest and probe of di EFCC suspended boss

13 July 2020

Na since on Monday,6, June, 2020 na im di suspended Economic and Financial Crimes Commission chairmo for Nigeria Ibrahim Magu don dey detention to ansa some questions about im administration of di agency wey im don dey in charge of since 2016.

Na on Monday Magu bin appear before panel wey President Muhammadu Buhari organise for am to come defend imsef from di mago-mago and disrespect accuse wey im dey face.

Di panel wey di Presido set up and wey former President of di court of appeal Ayo Salami dey lead dey investigate di allegations wey include di same tins wey di agency wey e dey lead before use send many pipo to prison.

At di moment, wetin dem dey accuse Magu of include: corruption, insubordination and disrespect to office of di justice minister.

Magu deny dis accusations and also pipo wey dey work with am say di suspended chairmo try im best to work in line with rules and guidelines of di agency. But dis na di breakdown of di accuse.

Di news of him arrest and probe bin shock many Nigerians; sake of say di 'chief thief catcher', sef don enta gbege.

But dis na some of im offence according to di Presidential committee on Audit of Recovered Assets
During im leadership, EFCC no remit interest on top 550 billion naira wey dem recover from treasury looters
Di suspended EFCC oga dey use different means to siphone money plus e dey collect bribe from suspects.
E dey use one Bureau dey change wey get 158 bank account to 'steal' moni.
Magu and some officials dey do money laundry.
E dey use one pastor to steal money go abroad and e buy am house wey worth 573 million naira for Dubai.
E refuse to cooperate wit UK firm to enable dem charge Diezani Alison Madueke to court
Where Magu come dey Now?
One team of security personnel from Department of State Services, Force Criminal Investigation Department bin arrest Magu afta e refuse to honour two invitation from di Ayo Salami led panel.

Since di first arrest, Magu don dey detention for di Force Criminal Investigation Department FCID for Abuja.

Na from dia e dey waka go face di panel everi day. Some time, di questions dey last for several hours and till night and afta dat, dem go return back to station.

Magu don write letter to di Inspector General of Police through im lawyer make dem release am on bail, based on self recognition, but dat one never happun yet.

Meanwhile, all di security pipo wey di guide am plus im house dem don withdraw all of dem.

Wetin di presidency don tok about di case?
E neva tey wey President Muhammed Buhari chook mouth on top Magu mater considering say im don dey face di investigative panel for the Banquet Hall of di Presidential Villa since Monday.

Di presidency don issue two statement so far. Di first one na for on 10 July wen President Buhari issue statement to say im don suspend Magu and appoint Muhammed Umar to take charge of di commission to enable di former acting chairman clear in name from all di accuse on top im head.

And di second one, goment write to justify why dem suspend Magu. Di President say Magu no dey immune to investigation.

Dis kain tin don happun to EFCC oga before?

Since di establishment of EFCC for 2003, all those wey don eva become di chairman no dey always finish dia tenure in good fate.

Dem dey always get issue wit corruption allegation.

Di first oga of EFCC na Nuhu Ribadu and den during Olusegun Obasanjo administration, e bin fight corrupt politicians but later, dem come accuse an of corruption- dem come drop am, demote am for police and e later run go exile.

After am, Farida Waziri take over and dem accuse am say e enta plenty plea bargaining and later dem come drop am.

Ibrahim Lamorde come take over and dem accuse am say e no fit account for di loot wey im recover, dem come send am packing before oga Magu come take over and im too den dey face corruption kasala wey analysts believe say e no go survive.

Wetin go happun next?
E never clear.

But as e be now, oga Magu go kontinu to dey face di panel through out dis week to ansa dia questions.

E neva clear wen di investigation go end, but if dem find Magu guilty, e mean say e fit face di law.

Although, no EFCC chairmo since dem establish di commission don go court on top corruption allegation.

Magu imself don say im no go take goment go court despite say di kontinu detention dey against im fundamental right.


One He-Goat Short Of A Westy
Fess taim I eva don see a publish news story dey written in Igbo pidgin. Laik bi say our esteem national language don go cross waters now ooo. :giggle: