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Confusion over the alleged arrest of Nigeria anti-graft chief

Nigerians were inundated with the reported areest of the acting chairman of Nigeria’s anti-graft body the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu by the Department of State Services (DSS).

In a quick twist a few hours later, the department of State Service released a statement through the Public Relations Officer Mr. Peter Afunanya, Ph.D, denying the arrest.

The statement which was titled; “OFFICIAL: Magu is Not Arrested by DSS” reads;

“The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the public that it did not arrest Ibrahim MAGU, Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as has been reported by sections of the media.

Some reliably sources claimed that the acting chairman of the EFCC, Magu, is being grilled by a panel set up to investigate alleged infractions against him.

In the past months stories have been making the round that the nation’s top officer saddled with the responsibility to check graft in Nigeria has got his own hands both deep inside the cookie the jar.

There has been numerous allegations of corrupt enrichment and transfer of funds abroad through a third party.

The DSS had in 2016, released a report which revealed that Mr. Magu was living in a house in Abuja at the cost of N20m (about $54,795) per year.

The report also indicated 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, and awarded him severe reprimand as punishment, according to Sahara Reporters.

Furthermore, Mr. Magu was alleged to have enlisted the Federal Capital Development Authority to award the contract of furnishing the residence to Africa Energy, a company owned his accomplice a retired air commodore, Umar Mohammed, to furnish the residence at the cost of N43m ($117,808).

Same Umar Mohammed was said to have paid the hefty sum for Magu, for the same residence, which his company was contracted to furnish.

Magu who had been at the helm of EFCC in acting capacity for over 4 years is yet to be confirmed as the substantive chairman of the anti-graft body.

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