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EXCLUSIVE: DSS report says Magu lives in a N40m mansion paid for by ‘corrupt businessman’

EXCLUSIVE: DSS report says Magu lives in a N40m mansion paid for by ‘corrupt businessman’
December 15
21:00 2016
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There are now more details about the security report that prompted the senate to reject the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In the report, Magu is accused of living in a N40million mansion paid for by one Umar Mohammed, a retired air commodore who is allegedly involved in shady deals.

There have been reports of no love lost between Magu and the DSS director, Lawal Daura, who authored the indictment.

“Investigation on the chairmanship of Magu revealed that in August 2008 during the tenure of Farida Waziri as the commission’s chairman, some sensitive documents which were not supposed to be at the disposal of Magu were discovered in his house. He was subsequently redeployed to the police after days of detention and later suspended from the police force,” said the report seen by TheCable.

“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.

“Notwithstanding, sequel to the appointment of Ibrahim Lamorde as chairman, he made the return of Magu to the EFCC a top priority. Magu remained a top official of the commission until he was appointed to succeed Lamorde.

“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.”

However, in the report, the secret police cleared members of the board of the anti-graft agency — Nasule Moses, Lawan Maman, Garandaji Imam Naji and Adeleke Adebayo Rafiu — of  any wrongdoing.

Usman Abusidiq, a blogger, had made the same allegations for which the EFCC arrested him, keeping him in detention for about 48 hours.

As at the time of filing this report, calls to Magu’s phone line did not go through.

Also, calls and a message to Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman, for a reaction to the report, were not answered.

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8 Comments

  1. Rewaju
    Rewaju December 15, 23:03

    Nobody can stop a good man.lets see how everything unfold.

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  2. prince
    prince December 15, 23:52

    Your comment..Stop calling anybody good man until that fellow retire from public or private service without any blemish
    Who would have believed that those charge for corruption did all they were alledged they did.

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    • Goonersaurus
      Goonersaurus December 16, 07:44

      So what are u trying to say? He’s not good? Can’t you see all that has been happening since he got there? Why won’t they let the fellow do his work so we’ll know whether he’s good or not?

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  3. Goonersaurus
    Goonersaurus December 16, 07:26

    See corruption fighting back – some people do not want him there, obviously. If it’s meant to be, it will be and all efforts to unseat him will be in vain! This whole report doesn’t make sense to me. So what if his house was paid for by someone? If that someone is questionable they should go after the ‘someone’ and leave Magu alone, unless of course they have evidence to prove an agreement to free the ‘someone’ of corruption charges in exchange for the 2 years’ rent and furnishing worth N83m as claimed. Now onto the lesser pilgrimage. Did he use EFCC’s money? Is it an official assignment? Is Magu not worth N3m? Why didn’t they mention that travel agents have a range of packages for one to choose from? ‘Security report’ indeed!

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  4. Goodman
    Goodman December 16, 12:47

    Untill we have A revolutionary leader not the current looters and rulers. We will not make much progress.

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  5. Chioke Divine.
    Chioke Divine. December 16, 14:12

    Your comment..u are biased my frnd

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  6. Danbabasallau
    Danbabasallau December 16, 16:24

    This is mere allegation. Nigerian are watching the senate. He that eat the canal most cry the shall. Corruption fighting back in deed

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  7. Hamilton
    Hamilton December 17, 15:53

    If I may ask was the information made available to the Presidency before Magu was appointed Acting Chair of EFCC?
    Why is the information just coming out that Magu is set to be confirmed? As far as I know both DSS and EFCC are under the presidency.
    I think there are some very powerful people outside of NASS that is bent on stopping Magu and naturally NASS equally having a grind to settle with Magu has latched on.
    Well let them know that Nigerians are watching.

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