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Acting EFCC Chairman Ibrahim Magu Suspended

The acting EFCC chairman Ibrahim Magu is currently facing a serious heat of allegations of financial anomalies at the moment. It would be recalled that he was summoned before the 9th Assembly of the National Assembly where he reportedly spent six hours of intense questioning and scrutiny.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nigeria’s leading anti-graft agency charged with the responsibility of investigation, and enforcement of all economic and financial crimes laws in Nigeria, presently headed by Ibrahim Magu, has been a strong institution dealing with several corrupt public officials. It is also worthy of note the EFCC has been stronger than before under the leadership of Ibrahim Magu and has brought many corrupt public officials to book and have had some jailed. However, when there are allegations against heads of institutions such as this, suspensions are usually imposed on chief executives under probe to avoid interference with investigations. Magu’s travails followed a memo by Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), in which the suspended anti-graft czar was accused of grave malfeasance.

Before his suspension by the presidency on July 7, 2020, the acting EFCC chairman Ibrahim Magu was alleged to have mishandled the recovered loot and was also accused of selling seized assets from corrupt government officials to his associates. He was also alleged to have refused to subject himself to the supervision of the office of the attorney-general. Professor Femi Odekunle, a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), had accused the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Malami of waging a grudge war against Magu. Odekunle said the suspended EFCC chief is a victim of a power-play at the presidency.

However, Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACAC) @pacacng has disclaimed the statement, saying Odekunle only spoke for himself.

It is not unsafe to conclude that all is not well at the moment with the EFCC boss even as he has never been confirmed as the substantial Chairman after all this while. Meanwhile, on the verified twitter handle of the National Assembly, it recently confirmed Professor Umar Dambatta the Executive Vice Chairman of the governing board of the Nigerian Communicationnnnnns Commission:

“President of the Senate Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan reads a letter from Mr. President requesting for the Confirmation of appointment of Professor Umar Dambatta the Executive Vice Chairman of the governing board of the Nigerian Communications Commission.”

This is just one of the many confirmations the Senate has carried out. It is not unlikely that Magu will be shown the way out if he is found guilty of the corruption he has been accused of. Hmm! Nigeria 🙇

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