More facts have emerged why the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu failed to be confirmed as substantive chairman of the anti-graft agency.
A memo from the Director – General of the Department of State Service to the Attorney General of the Federation revealed that Magu lacks the prerequisite and necessary professionalism needed to prosecute the anti-corruption war of the present administration.
According to the Memo which was signed by one Folashade Bello on behalf of the DG, DSS, Magu was indicted for leaking various sensitive state documents to an individual currently under prosecution by his agency for alleged corruption.
The service in the memo was convinced that for Magu who narrowly escaped dismissal from the Police Force six years ago to be neck deep in corruption and unprofessional conduct is a proof of his preference for personal aggrandizement over national interest.
Part of the report read thus, “An officer appointed as Acting Chairman of EFCC should by all means be one of impeccable credentials with proven integrity and capacity to lead the nation’s fight against graft in high and low places. Thus far, it is evidence from Magu’s antecedence that he is by no means that kind of officer.
“His relationship with Umar Mohammed which involved disclosure of very sensitive and classified documents in his possession shows lack of professionalism and has soiled his integrity. More so, for an officer who was indicted and nearly dismissed 6 years ago, to again be involved in similar circumstances it is clear that Magu is a Perennial offender and cannot change.
“Also worthy is the fact that Magu exhibited a total lack of judgment where it matters most. He accepted to move into a tastily furnished accommodation without any scrutiny of how it was furnished, this is curious and speak volumes of his personality.
The report titled, Request for additional documents/information HAGF/DSS/2016/VOL.1/7 dated 19 December 2016 the DSS recalled how the Acting EFCC Chairman was indicted by the Police Service Commission in its minute of plenary meeting of 20th December 2010 chaired by then chairman, Parry Osayande, DIG Rtd.
The memo confirmed that Magu was indicted after a disciplinary process and awarded severe reprimand for “Action prejudicial to State Security, withholding of EFCC files, sabotage, unauthorised removal of and Acts unbecoming of a police officer. According to the memo, the severe reprimand which was given Magu, is the second highest punishment to be given to an erring officer other than compulsory retirement or dismissal from service
The memo further revealed Magu’s romance with Air Commodore Mohammed Umar (Rtd) a suspect hitherto detained and currently been prosecuted by the service. The DSS in a confessional statement obtained from Umar disclosed that a company, Valcour S.A. Nigeria Ltd said to belong to the former Air Chief was awarded the contract of securing and furnishing of an official residence for Ibrahim Magu by the FCTA.
Other crimes, the service tied to Magu include a forge memo which supposedly originated from the office of the Vice President and addressed to Mr. President, which they claimed was recovered from the private, residence of Umar during a search operation by the DSS.
“The document is a request for approval to commence further investigation into financial activities of Hon. Minister of State for Petroluem Resources Ibe Kachukwu. Also attached to the memo are two genuine investigation reports by EFCC on the minister dated 24 March 2016 and 13 April 2016 and duly signed by Magu. One of the two investigations earlier was reportedly received in the VP’s office by one Folabo KAY”, the memo noted.
Other sensitive state documents said to have been found in the house of Umar which was believed emanated from Magu, include various report relating to transactions of the NNPC and its subsidiaries, a copy of confessional statement by Umar to the service stating that his trip to Maiduguri for condolence visit to Ibrahim Magu, sequel to the loss of a close relative, was made on behalf of the presidential committee on Audit of Arms Purchase, Cross Examination of the Chairman of the Committee, AVM John Odey (Rtd), which revealed that the committee did not send any of its members on such an assignment and that the visit of Umar to Magu was assessed as an expression of their close sinister relationship at the detriment of national security interest.
The DSS in the memo stressed that the recovery of sensitive and classified documents from the residence of Umar further underlay his close affinity to Magu whom they noted has an apparent penchant for sabotaging official processes and administrative protocols just to further the latter’s personal material and pecuniary agenda.
“Such mutually beneficial relationships as with Umar, who by his confession, approaches ‘client’ for possible exploitation, favours and associated returns is unprecedented and very damming for an anti-graft top official. It is has exposed Magu as a fraudulent official and betrays the high confidence reposed on him by Mr. President”, said the DSS.