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How Magu turned EFCC to `glorified police station’ for selfish motives – Report

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How Magu turned EFCC to `glorified police station’ for selfish motives – Report

The suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has allegedly been accused of turning EFCC into `glorified police station’ for alleged selfish motives.


The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the accusation was contained in a report submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari by one of the investigative committees set up to look into the activities of the EFCC under Magu.

According to the report, Magu has continued seconding police officers to the EFCC in spite the massive recruitment of officers and men carried out by the commission in recent years.

“The blatant display of arrogance and acquisition of illicit wealth has turned the EFCC into a glorified police station.

“Despite massive recruitment of officers and men in recent years by the (suspended) acting chairman at the EFCC, he is still seconding police officers to the EFCC because he is comfortable with his fellow officers to carry out his illicit activities.

“He does not have any exit strategy for the police even though the EFCC officers are more experienced in the investigation of economic and financial crimes,’’ the report further noted.

NAN reports that the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, had on Friday ordered the withdrawal of mobile policemen attached to Magu, who is being held at Area 10 Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Abuja.

Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, had on July 11 explained that Magu was being investigated as a result of series of documented allegations made against him.

He added that detailed investigations were being carried out following a preliminary review of the allegations leveled against Magu and several other members of staff of the EFCC..

“Hence, an investigative panel was constituted in compliance with the extant laws governing the convening of such a body.

“As is the proper procedure, when allegations are made against the Chief Executive of an institution, and in this case an institution that ought to be seen as beyond reproach, the Chief Executive has to step down from his post and allow for a transparent and unhindered investigation,’’ he said.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Corrupt politicians plotting Magu’s removal – ZLP Chairman

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The Chairman, Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Chief Dan Nwanyawu, has alleged that some corrupt politicians have raised funds to influence the removal of  Mr Ibrahim Magu, the acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). 


Nwanyawu raised the alarm at a press conference on Sunday in Abuja.

“This is to alert President Muhammadu Buhari that those coming to tell him to remove Ibrahim Magu are enemies of Nigeria.

“They have set aside hundreds of millions of naira which they want to use and influence government top functionaries.

“We must not let this happen, rather, let Magu’s name be sent to the Senate for confirmation so that he can bite more,” he said.

Nwanyawu said that Magu had done well in acting capacity and would do much more if confirmed as substantive chairman.

He noted that over N800 billion had been recovered under Magu’s leadership and properties worth hundreds of billions forfeited to government. 

The ZLP chairman said that of all the programmes of the Buhari administration, only the anti corruption crusade had scored over 80 per cent success. 

“These people are enemies of Nigeria, they want to destroy the only area this government has done very well.

“They want Magu out because he is not playing to their tune, he is not ready to look the other way.

“They are now sure that they must meet in court to account  for their corrupt practices.

“Since they do not want to return the stolen money, they now want Magu out,” he added.

Nwanyawu said Magu has displayed commitment to the fight against  corruption and must be given the necessary “teeth to bite” all those involved in corrupt practices.

 

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Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Government’s political will,  EFCC’s major strength – Magu

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The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, has attributed the rising successes of the Commission in the anti-corruption fight to the political will of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.


Magu stated this on Thursday in a statement signed by Mr Dele Oyewale, the commission’s spokesperson, after a World Press Conference to mark the 2020 Democracy Day and Anti-corruption Summit

The EFCC boss attributed the commission’s success to the present government which allows for non-interference in its works and zero tolerance for any act of corruption.

“The political will we have enjoyed from the present government in the fight against corruption is unprecedented.

“The president allows the EFCC to operate without interference and this has been one of our biggest strengths,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the EFCC has secured 2,240 convictions and recovered assets in excess of N980 billion in the last five years.

“ We have recovered a large array of non-monetary assets like properties, estates, private jets, oil vessels, filling stations, schools, hotels, trucks, automobiles, jewelry, plaza, shopping malls, electronics, amongst others,” he said.

Meanwhile, in the Port Harcourt Zonal office of the EFCC,  a total sum of N3.214 billion had been released to the Imo State government out of the N7.9 billion frozen in different accounts discovered in the investigation of former Gov. Rochas Okorocha.

Mr  Usman Imam,  Port Harcourt Zonal Head said that the money was released to the State government to pay salaries, pensions and meet its obligations to workers.

While urging Nigerians to take ownership of the anti-corruption fight, Magu stated that: “As I always emphasise, public ownership of the anti-corruption war,  is one of the best showcase of patriotism.

“We must continue to show greater commitment and support for the government in this regard and work with the EFCC to make anti-corruption  a national war.”

Magu, however, noted that there are challenges on the way,  especially in the case involving the former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

“We have some challenges in Diezani’s case because we have investigated her case for more than five years, ” he added.

He vowed that the former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu would be brought to trial, no matter the impediment.

“The judgment is clear. We will go back to court working on the judicial directive from the Supreme Court.

“Across the zones of the EFCC, facts and figures have been rolled out about the increasing achievements of the Commission, based on its assigned mandate.

“Nigerians are also being encouraged to show more commitment to the fight against corruption, ” he said.

Also, the Lagos Zonal Head of the EFCC, Mr Muhammed Rabo,  noted that youths are critical stakeholders in ridding the nation of unsavory and fraudulent practices and charged them to steer clear of such conduct.

“One critical stakeholder in the fight is the youth. However, most economic and financial crimes, especially cyber crimes are committed by young people,” he said.

On his own part, Malaifia Yakubu,  Kaduna Zonal Head of the Commission charged the public to key into the whistle-blowing policy of the government and exposed fraudsters in their vicinity. 

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

 

 

 

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Allegation of $300m Abacha loot against Magu baseless-EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has referred as baseless allegation against its acting Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu, by a U.S. senator,  Charles Grassley, over 300 million dollars ‘Abacha loot’.


The 86-year-old U.S.Republican Senator had on April 1, addressed a letter to the Chief Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section of the U.S.Department of Justice, Deborah Connor.

He accused Magu of wrongly and maliciously detaining individuals, who spoke against the government.

Spokesperson for the EFCC, Mr Tony Orilade, in a statement on Friday, however, decried the allegation, affirming that the Commission spearheaded transparent management of looted funds.

Orilade said that the EFCC was at the forefront of the transparent management of recovered funds and would not be dragged into any controversy over an allegation that has no fact or any iota of proof.

“”The allegation clearly has no bearing with the operations of the EFCC nor address the painstaking efforts of Magu in tackling the menace of corruption, without fear or favour

““The EFCC is involved in the processes of repatriation of the looted $300million by the former Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha.

““The Commission is aware of the tripartite agreement involving Nigeria with the United States and Island of Jersey.

“”As an anti-graft agency, the Commission has credible records of managing recovered funds and assets.

“It is rather unfortunate that the ranking US Senator, in a desperate bid to frustrate the repatriation of the funds, embraced the well-worn antics of some unscrupulous elements in the country.

“Those who had never succeeded in  blackmailing the anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“”Even the harshest detractors of Magu know and always acknowledge his firm and bold handling of the anti- corruption fight, which continues to earn him accolades within and outside Nigeria, ” he said.

Orilade pointed out that the U.S.Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently gave an Award of Excellence to Magu for his unique role in a joint field operation codenamed, ‘Operation Rewired’.

He stated that the operation yielded great results, internationally; in tackling the menace of cyber-crime.

“”Besides, only recently, former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr Mohammed Adoke (SAN), and a member of the opposition, poured encomiums on Magu on the visible achievements of the EFCC under his watch.

“Orilade quoted Adoke as saying: “President Muhammadu Buhari is highly celebrated for fighting corruption and the poster boy of this celebrated achievement is clearly Magu.”

Orilade said that Grassley evidently lacked any sound basis for linking the EFCC and Magu with any oppressive or separatist agenda against government opposition.

He noted that records of convictions of the Commission were in public domain as well as cases before the courts, which can be subjected to un-biased analysis and scrutiny.

“”We wish to reiterate that the EFCC under Magu is too focused on the anti-graft agenda of the government to be distracted by such empty claims of the lawmaker.

“”Grassley and his sponsors are clearly on quicksand on this issue.

““The Commission remains focused on its mandate against economic and financial crimes and will not be deterred by spurious allegations from individuals with hidden agenda,” Orilade said.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo/Ali Baba-Inuwa
(NAN)

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EFCC secures 1,900 convictions, recovers N794bn in 4 years — Magu

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/Philomina Attah

Abuja, Nov. 9, 2019 Mr Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC), says the commission has so far secured 1,900 convictions and recovered N794 billion in four years.

Magu disclosed this in Abuja on Monday at the 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day with the theme:  “Zero Tolerance for Corruption”.

Our scorecard in this regard speaks volumes; for the four years that I have been in-charge of the commission, we have secured about 1,900 convictions, including top government officials.

Former governors; captains of industry, oil subsidy merchants and scores of players in the private sector.  Former military chiefs and civil servants have also been convicted as well as many illegal oil bunkerers in the Niger Delta.

On recoveries, there is no law enforcement agency in Africa that has equalled the phenomenal recoveries that the EFCC has made.

In the four years under my watch, we have recovered more than N794 billion and have ensured hundreds of properties forfeited to the government, “ he said.

He added that in the Port Harcourt Zone of the EFCC, a total of 244 trucks were forfeited to the government owing to illegal oil bunkering activities in the region.

As a commission, we are not unrelenting in our determination to completely eradicate corruption from Nigeria through our fight against corruption.

Those who doubt our resolve must sooner come to terms with the fact that the EFCC is a marathoner and when it comes to the fight against corruption, we never give up.

This was recently demonstrated last week when, after 12 years of legal hide and seek that took us to the Supreme Court and back, the long convoluted trial of former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu (ended).

 

This trial was brought to closure with his conviction and sentence to 12 years imprisonment without an option of fine for stealing over seven billion naira from the treasury of Abia State Government.

This brings to three, the number of former state governors that were convicted of corruption within one year on my watch, “ he said.

Magu said the commission would go into partnership with various sectors in the fight against corruption as  everybody needed to be involved in the fight to achieve a sustainable result.

We have chosen to partner with various sectors because we want to go into not only fighting corruption alone but select very notorious sectors and partner with them.

“Let us go into sectoral approach in the fight against corruption. We will go with the health sector first because there is a lot of problem in the hospitals with the doctors. This approach might change the narrative. ’’

Edited /Chukwudi Ekezie

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