Magu, Acting EFCC chairman, arrested by DSS for fraud
The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has been arrested by officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) over alleged fraud.
ElombahNews was informed that Mr. Magu was arrested Monday afternoon in a traffic while moving out of the Wuse II Annex of the EFCC in Abuja.
Magu was invited before a panel sitting at the Banquet Hall wing of the Presidential Villa.
The panel has been probing the activities of the anti-graft agency with respects to Magu’s role as the chairman.
The embattled EFCC chairman, it was gathered, was first taken before the panel to answer a few questions.
He was later taken away by DSS personnel to their Headquarters In Aso Drive, Abuja.
It is learnt that he is now undergoing further interrogation at the DSS Headquarters.
A source informed that Magu was on his way to the Force Headquarters when he was confronted by DSS officials.
His pleas to honour a scheduled appointment at Force CID headquarters fell on deaf ears.
He was reportedly told that the invitation by the panel was more important as he was whisked away immediately.
As at mid-day Magu arrived at the Villa and was ushered into the wing where he was joined at the Villa by his lawyer, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN).
Recall that ElombahNews reported on June 19, 2020, that the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN), had asked President Muhammadu Buhari to remove the Acting EFCC Chairman.
In a memorandum to the President, Malami accused Magu of several offences.
The offences included “diversion of recovered loot, insubordination and misconduct”.
The Minister of Justice also claimed that Magu allegedly sold most of the recovered assets by the EFCC without anyone’s knowledge.
Malami added that the EFCC boss is reckless and a liability to the anti-corruption war.
Magu is another casualty of the anti-corruption war he is spearheading.
Another victim was the suspended chairman of the Special Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla.
Mr. Obono-Obla was arrested by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) over allegations of fraud and theft.
He is now being prosecuted for same charges but has been granted bail by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.