Head Of Nigerian Anti-Graft Agency, Magu, Arrested Over Corruption
In what is like an irony, the Nigerian Secret Service, the Department of State Service (DSS), has arrested the country’s head of Anti-Graft Agency head, Ibrahim Magu, over allegations that the has acquired properties and was laundering money abroad through proxies.
Magu was alleged to be transferring money abroad through a third party, as well as owing four illegally acquired four properties.
He was arrested at the Wuse II office of the DSS on Monday and is reportedly undergoing questioning at the head office of the DSS also in Abuja.
According to the secret service, in 2016, it called to question Magu’s occupation of a N40 million mansion allegedly paid for him by a retired air force chief, Umar Mohammed, who was reportedly into a shady deal.
DSS said in a report on Monday: “In December 2010, the Police Service Commission (PSC) found Magu guilty of action prejudicial to state security – withholding of EFCC files, sabotage, unauthorised removal of EFCC files and acts unbecoming of a police officer, and awarded him severe reprimand as punishment.
“Magu is currently occupying a residence rented for N40m at N20m per annum. This accommodation was not paid [for] from the commission’s finances, but by one Umar Mohammed, air commodore retired, a questionable businessman who has subsequently been arrested by the secret service.
“For the furnishing of the residence, Magu enlisted the Federal Capital Development Authority to award a contract to Africa Energy, a company owned by the same Mohammed, to furnish the residence at the cost of N43m.
“Investigations show that the acting EFCC chairman regularly embarked on official and private trips through a private jet owned by Mohammed.
“In one of such trips, Magu flew to Maiduguri alongside Mohammed with a bank MD who was being investigated by the EFCC over complicity in funds allegedly stolen by the immediate past petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
“Furthermore, the EFCC boss has so far maintained a high-profile lifestyle. This is exemplified by his preference for first-class air travels. On 24 June, 2016, he flew Emirate airlines first-class to Saudi Arabia to perform lesser hajj at the cost of N2.9m. This is in spite of Mr President’s directive to all public servants to fly economy class.
“Magu has fostered a beneficial relationship with Mohammed who by his confession approaches clients for possible exploitation, favours and associated returns,” the DSS report said.
Meanwhile, it has been gathered that members of Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are reportedly commending the development after the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government has been allegedly using Magu and the EFCC to fight anybody that opposes the actions of the government.