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Minister: Salami panel’s report on Magu still being considered

Minister: Salami panel’s report on Magu still being considered
May 19
13:58 2022

Muhammad Dingyadi, minister of police affairs, says the report of the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel on Ibrahim Magu, former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), is still under consideration.

Dingyadi spoke on Thursday during a press briefing organised by the presidential communication team at the presidential villa, Abuja.

BACKGROUND

In July 2020, while Magu was the acting chairman of the EFCC, he was arrested, detained, and suspended. He appeared before the Salami-led panel probing allegations of gross misconduct against him.

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In November 2020, the Salami-led panel submitted its report including recommendations, to President Muhammadu Buhari. To date, the federal government has not officially made public the report of the panel.

TheCable had reported that the panel recommended Magu’s sacking and prosecution over allegations of corruption and abuse of office.

The panel further recommended that Magu should be referred to the inspector-general of police (IGP) for “necessary disciplinary action”, and that he should be prosecuted for the alleged offences.

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Despite the recommendation of the panel, Magu resumed duties at the police headquarters as commissioner of police — his rank before he was appointed acting EFCC chairman.

On Monday, the Police Service Commission (PSC) confirmed the promotion of Magu to the position of assistant inspector-general of police (AIG) amid his expected retirement from the police, having clocked the mandatory retirement age of 60 on May 5.

‘MAGU CAN STILL BE PROSECUTED AFTER RETIREMENT’

Asked why Magu was promoted despite the report of the Salami panel, the police affairs minister said the promotion of police officers is under the purview of the PSC, and that it is only the commission that can speak on why Magu was promoted.

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The minister said the former acting EFCC chairman can still be prosecuted if found guilty despite his retirement.

“This is an issue that should have been addressed by PSC, which has been saddled with the responsibility to conduct promotion for police. They are not here and I’m aware that the police service commission is directly under the presidency so I cannot speak for them,” he said.

“What I know is that Mr Magu has already retired. I think that is all I can say now. The fact that he was promoted is a matter for the police service commission to throw more light on.

“I’m not aware of the position of the government on the report you are talking about and I think it is still being under consideration and it does not mean that when he retires the law won’t catch up with him whenever is found guilty of one thing or the other. I think it is not completely a finished business.”

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