Why Magu is a threat to NASS

Ibrahim  Magu, Chairman, EFCC


By Rasaq Odunlami

Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, screened by the Senate for the position of the Executive Chairman of EFCC, and he was not confirmed by the Senate, due to negative reports surrounding his nomination, by the Department of State Security Service (DSS).

However, his rich and intimidating Curriculum Vitae might appear to be the possible threat to both DSS and the National Assembly. Ibrahim Magu hails from Borno State. He attended the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, where he bagged a degree in Accountancy and a Masters Degree in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. He also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in World Corruption Studies from the University of Hong Kong.

A certified accountant, trained as financial crimes investigator with a background in Forensic Accounting. Magu has been exposed to training from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, and the London Metropolitan Police Institute.

He is one of the staff members of the Commission’s Economic Governance Unit, during the tenure of Nuhu Ribadu as EFCC chairman. In that position, he led many high profile investigations against former governors, including Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Lagos State.

The current EFCC Acting Chairman, is a member of the investigative committee convened by National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the procurement of arms in the Armed Forces from 2007 to date.

No doubt, Magu is a professional by all standards, a courageous investigator, who strongly views corruption as a crime against humanity. He said his mission in the EFCC is to ginger up the anti-corruption campaign led by President Buhari’s government.

He said “there is the need to make sure that whatever is gotten for common use did not end up in private pockets”, he said repeatedly. “I am ready and willing to work with everybody without any primordial concerns, I will discharge my duties as the chairman of EFCC, guided by the fear of God, the overriding interest of Nigeria and the rule of law,” he promised.

The acting chairman, who was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari, in acting capacity on November 9, 2015, has recorded unprecedented achievements in the history of the Commission. Amongst the over 200 convictions he recorded in a period of about one year, is the convictions of the final forfeiture of 34 billion naira, which was traced to the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Deziani Allison Maduekwe, interim forfeiture order of the sum of$9.8 million and the 74 Pounds recovered from ex- NNPC GMD, Andrew Yakubu, following a raid in one of his houses in Kaduna.

Others are the sentencing of former governor of Adamawa State, Bala Ngilari to five years in prison for procurement fraud; conviction of former Director General of NIMASA, Temisan Omatseye to five years in jail for fraud, and conviction of former Local Government Chairman in Kogi State, Gabriel Daudu to five years in prison, for money laundering; recovery of 17 vehicles from former Comptroller General of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko Inde; uncovering of Deziani$37.5 million mansion and the interim forfeiture order of 50 million Naira of former Enugu CJ’s bank accounts, the list is unending. Similarly, few days ago, the operatives of the Commission, Kaduna Zonal office intercepted a sum of 49 million naira in five large black 150kg sacks following a tip-off.

With this pedigree, Nigerians need to judge why this great man (Magu), is a nightmare to the so called National Assembly, characterized by bunch of unpatriotic individuals who are hell bent in collapsing Nigeria.

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