The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has been arrested by the Department of State Services. According to
The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has been arrested by the Department of State Services. According to insider reports, Magu was arrested on Monday afternoon and is now undergoing interrogation at the DSS Headquarters in Aso Drive.
His arrest may not be unconnected to the recommendation for his removal by the minister of justice and attorney-general of the federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami over allegations, including the diversion of recovered loot, re-looting recovered loot as well as insubordination and misconduct.
Weeks ago, Malami had asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Magu over these allegations in a memo. Malami was also said to have shortlisted three candidates to be considered as Magu’s replacement.
Magu has remained in acting capacity following the senate’s refusal to confirm him on at least two occasions over the years. Among the reasons the senate has cited for not confirming him is the Department of State Services (DSS) report which accused Magu of various forms of misconduct including living in a N40 million mansion paid for by one retired air commodore who is allegedly involved in shady deals.
But the EFCC chief is said to be fighting against his replacement, and likewise his supporters at the presidency.