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Magu: Alleged Cover-up in EFCC as Unknown People Break into NFIU Office

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There is fear of a likely cover-up in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the ongoing investigation of its suspended chairman, Ibrahim Magu.

This is even as some unknown people allegedly broke into the new office of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) and destroyed computers containing certain vital and sensitive documents that could help in the investigation.

This development, THISDAY gathered, followed the appearance of some officials of the NFIU before the Justice Ayo Salami panel, investigating Magu Thursday, to clarify certain grey areas especially, as relating to some accounts suspected to have been used to move money.

But the NFIU officials told the panel that by their operational protocols and procedure, they don’t go about with such documents. The officials however, advised members of the panel to visit their office Friday morning to sight the documents requested for.

Unfortunately, for them, before the panel members got to the NFIU office this morning, it was gathered that some unknown people had broken into their office, went straight to the room, where the documents were stored in the computers and destroyed them all.

It is worthy of mention that the NFIU was the agency that investigated all the allegations of financial malfeasance against Magu, in addition to the fact that the agency was only recently severed from the EFCC.

However, following the development, THISDAY sources, hinted that the Director-General of NFIU, Mr. Modibbo Hamman-Tukur, met with President Muhammadu Buhari immediately after to report the incident, a situation sources believed informed the decision by President Buhari to approve Magu’s suspension.

Meanwhile, the burgling of the NFIU office is the latest twist to the Magu trial and is already being investigated, sources added.

Magu was arrested and detained at the Force Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters in Area 10, Garki, Abuja.

The allegations were levelled against him by the Attorney-General of the Federation. Abubakar Malami.

Malami reportedly accused Mr Magu of insubordination and re-looting of recovered funds.

In separate statements today, the SSS denied arresting Magu while the EFCC said he was only invited for questioning.

Malami reportedly accused Mr Magu of insubordination and re-looting of recovered funds.

In separate statements today, the SSS denied arresting Magu while the EFCC said he was only invited for questioning.

Magu was still in custody at the time of this report.

He was reportedly arrested at the entrance of the Wuse II EFCC office by the security agents believed to be operatives of the Police Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CID).

Magu, who was appointed as acting chief of the anti-graft agency in 2015 by President Muhammad Buhari was rejected twice by the 8th Assembly under the leadership of former Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

This was after the SSS said the nominee lacked the integrity to lead the country’s anti-corruption agency.

The presidency has balked at resending Magus’s name for screening since then.

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