Department of State Services has said the Acting Chairman of the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has failed integrity test,
warning that he will hinder President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war.
Senate had on Thursday rejected the nomination of Magu by Buhari as
the Chairman of the EFCC.
upper chamber of the National Assembly cited “security reports” as the reason
for the rejection.
sighted a copy of the “security report” by the DSS in which Magu’s activities
were alleged to have made him ineligible to hold the office
The letter, dated October 3, was addressed to the Clerk of
the Senate, in reference to a letter by the Senate, dated September 21, 2016,
asking for Magu’s security check.
The report, which listed several alleged malpractices against
the EFCC boss, said his confirmation would frustrate the anti-graft drive of
the Buhari-led administration.
Part of the allegations against Magu was his being in
possession of EFCC documents in his private residence during the chairmanship
of Farida Waziri.
The DSS also made reference to the circumstances surrounding
Magu’s arrest, detention and suspension by the Nigeria Police.
The secret service also alleged that the sum of N40m was paid
for the rented apartment, which costs N20m per annum, where the acting EFCC
chairman currently resides.
It added that the accommodation was not paid for from the
commission’s account but by a presidential appointee, who had been under
The DSS alleged that after renting the apartment for Magu,
the friend awarded a N43m contract for the furnishing of the accommodation.
The appointee, who is a retired Air Commodore, was said to be
a close associate and ally of Magu, allegedly and “runs questionable business”
and was once arrested by the service.
The report, which cleared the other four EFCC appointees,
said Magu, flew a private jet owned by the retired military officer.
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