Reports emerged earlier that Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC); Ibrahim Magu, was allegedly arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Monday, July 6.
Magu was said to have been arrested and quizzed by officials of the DSS over allegations that he owns four expensive properties. Also, he was allegedly accused of allegedly transferring funds abroad through a third party.
However, 1st News can confirm that the reports, which originated from Sahara Reporters, an online news medium; have been clarified by the DSS which insisted that Magu was not actually arrested.
Rather, the DSS says Magu was invited to appear before a Federal Government panel set up to investigate the allegations of corruption levelled against him.
In a report, the DSS revealed that Magu was living in a N40m mansion paid for by one Umar Mohammed; a retired air commodore who is allegedly involved in shady deals.
Also, it was detailed that 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. Consequently, he was awarded a severe reprimand as punishment.
Further, the DSS stated that 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”
In one of such trips, the report added that Magu flew to Maiduguri alongside Mohammed with a bank MD who was being investigated by the EFCC.
This is 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,” the DSS report said.