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ANALYSIS: Magu’s Arrest: When The Priest Turns into The Sinner

Unarguably, all is just not nicely with Ibrahim Magu, performing chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) following his arrest on Monday by males of the State Safety Service (SSS).

In our earlier evaluation, we checked out what could necessitate his humiliation. Even when SSS and EFCC spokespersons claimed that the anti-graft company boss was not arrested, reportorial proof proved in any other case.

For the avoidance of doubt, Mr Magu slept on the police custody. Is he not nonetheless arrested? An individual is arrested when he’s disadvantaged of liberty and free motion. That’s precisely what Magu is passing by whether or not on handcuff or not. In addition to, he was ‘pressured’ or made to look earlier than the presidential panel, not at his personal volition. That’s ARREST.

Having set the document straight on arrest or no arrest, we could now discuss how the EFCC boss recognized to be a priest is now turning into the sinner. It didn’t begin on Monday when he was arrested. It’s one thing that had lengthy been into existence earlier than he was even appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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The latest simply occurred to be a shock to Magu who could quickly be eliminated. In reality, Naija Information can authoritatively report that there are plans to exchange Magu with both Muazu Zubairu – an AIG who was EFCC coach underneath Nuhu Ribadu or Bala Ciroma – FCT Police Commissioner. All issues being equal, Magu’s finish because the chairman of the anti-graft company is close to.

Only in the near past, the Legal professional Common of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) wrote a dangerous report which bothers on corruption towards Magu however President Buhari in his knowledge refused to behave quick. With the latest happenings, one would marvel why the Bukola Saraki led Senate refused to verify his appointment in 2016.

For impartial minds, it’s turning into clearer that refusal of the Senate then to verify him might not be a witch hunt. In reality, the latest happenings might not be a case of some individuals attempting to hunt the hunters. After all, little question, he has stepped on toes and uncovered many corrupt practices in Nigeria. However he might not be pure too. In spite of everything, the lecturer who was caught on tape demanding intercourse from a pupil in OAU two years in the past is a Bishop. The identical could also be with Magu – a priest which will quickly turn out to be sinner if indicted.

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For the information of readers, it will curiosity us to remind them that whereas Farida Waziri was overseeing happenings at EFCC in 2008, the identical Magu who’s being dragged in the present day was alleged to be within the possession of some delicate paperwork which weren’t purported to be at his disposal and was later suspended. First, this can be a stain on his ‘integrity’.

Quickly, in 2010, the Police Service Fee (PSC) discovered him responsible for withholding of EFCC information, sabotage, unauthorised elimination of EFCC information and acts unbecoming of a police officer. He was jobless for months till Ibrahim Lamorde was made the EFCC chairman. Had been all these a part of the infractions within the DSS report of 2016 that made the Senate snubbed him? Certainly, if Magu is discovered culpable this time once more, it means Buhari shielded him towards nationwide curiosity.

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They stated he (Magu) occupies a residence rented for N40m at N20m every year. The sum was paid by one Umar Mohammed. Who’s Umar Mohammed – he’s a questionable businessman who has subsequently been arrested by the key service.

The key query we should always ask ourselves is: “if Saraki led Senate in 2016 refused to verify Magu as a result of they have been attempting to frustrate the anti-corruption efforts of the President Buhari, why has the Nationwide Meeting underneath the watch of Ahmad Lawan, not confirmed him?

Now that Malami has requested that Magu be eliminated for numerous corruption allegations together with the diversion of recovered loot and re-looting of the recovered loot, will Buhari obey? Is Malami himself a saint? Whereas we watch from the nook of our newsroom, NaijaNews anticipate the result of the panel questioning Magu – a priest on a date with destiny.

If culpable, Buhari ought to do the needful.

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