The Department of State Services has invited the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu on Monday afternoon. He is currently undergoing interrogation at the DSS Headquarters in Aso Drive.
In December 2010, the Police Service Commission (PSC) declared Magu guilty of prejudicial actions to state security such as sabotage, withholding of EFCC files, unauthorized removal of EFCC files, and gross misconduct. He was severely reprimand as punishment.
In a 2016 report, the DSS revealed that Magu was living in a N40m mansion at N20m per annum. The accommodation was paid for by one Umar Mohammed, air commodore retired, and a questionable businessman who has also been arrested by the secret service.
Magu furnished the residence with a Federal Capital Development Authority contract awarded to Africa Energy, a company owned by the same Mohammed at the cost of N43m. investigations also reveal that the acting EFCC chairman embarked on official and private trips regularly through a private jet owned by Mohammed.
There was a trip where Magu and Mohammed flew to Maiduguri followed by a bank MD that was being investigated by the EFCC over complicity in funds allegedly stolen by the immediate past petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke. Further investigations revealed that the EFCC boss maintains a high-profile lifestyle by first-class air in spite of Mr President’s directive that all public servants should fly economy class.
There is little doubt that Magu’s relationship with Mohammed who has confessed to approaching clients for favors, possible exploitation, and associated returns is transactional. Although Magu has occupied the position in acting capacity for many years, he is yet to be confirmed as the substantive chairman of the EFCC.