Contemporary particulars on the rationale for the arrest of Ibrahim Magu, the Appearing Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC, has emerged.
Femi Odekunle, an adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari has famous that the arrest of Ibrahim Magu was on account of an influence play between Mr Magu and an influence bloc led by the Legal professional-Normal of the Federation.
Odekunle, a professor and member of the Presidential Advisory Committee Towards Corruption, made this recognized in an announcement yesterday night.
Recall that Naija Information immediately introduced you information about Magu, following his alleged arrests by officers of the Division of State Companies (DSS). over allegations that he owns 4 properties and that he was allegedly transferring funds overseas by way of a 3rd social gathering.
He was mentioned to have been arrested on the Wuse II workplace of the DSS in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital and was present process interrogation on the DSS Headquarters In Aso Drive.
The allegations had been levelled towards him by the Legal professional-Normal of the Federation. Abubakar Malami.
Nonetheless, rumours of his arrests was dismissed in a press launch made accessible to Naija Information by Peter Afunanya, the general public relations officer of DSS.
Mr Odekunle mentioned “The alleged originating Malami memo, as much as the present “arrest “ appears an end result of power-play by energy blocs within the corridors of energy wherein Malami seems to be an arrow-head or main agent of an influence bloc that isn’t actually excited about, or in help of, Buhari’s anti-corruption struggle,” the professor mentioned.
He famous that he launched an announcement after his session with members of the PACAC together with its chairman, Itse Sagay.
“It might not be contestable that Malami has been exploiting his alleged loyalty and closeness to the President for his private /energy bloc agenda,” he mentioned.
Learn the complete assertion under:
Presidential Anti-corruption Panel Reacts to Magu-Malami Saga
PRESS RELEASE BY PROFESSOR FEMI ODEKUNLE, MEMBER,PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE AGAINST CORRUPTION (PACAC). It is a preliminary response of the Presidential Advisory Committee Towards Corruption (PACAC) to the alleged ‘arrest’ of Ibrahim Magu, Appearing Chairman the Financial Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC). After all, the actual data reaching us is that he was solely invited to look earlier than a Panel arrange not way back regarding some alleged memo by Malami, Legal professional Normal and Minister of justice, concerning some alleged malfeasance by Magu, together with nominations for his alternative. It was simply that these despatched to ask him for no matter causes finest recognized to them invited some press alongside and made it look an arrest. That mischief has been confirmed by some obvious afterthought denial by the DSS that it was not an arrest. Whereas PACAC has not had a proper assembly on this improvement, I’ve mentioned with the Chairman and another members and the next might be thought-about as PACAC’s preliminary response to this improvement. 1.The alleged originating Malami memo, as much as the present “arrest “ appears an end result of power-play by energy blocs within the corridors of energy wherein Malami seems to be an arrow-head or main agent of an influence bloc that isn’t actually excited about, or in help of, Buhari’s anti-corruption struggle. i. One can recall the sooner non-confirmation expertise of Magu by the eighth Meeting, orchestrated by an influence bloc and supported by the DSS ‘Safety’ reviews. ii. One also can notice the non-resubmission of Magu for affirmation since Might, 2019 regardless of the obvious willingness of the ninth Meeting to think about it this time round. iii. Moreover, one should take cognisance of the alleged memo referred to earlier i.e by Malami regarding alleged corrupt practices by Magu, alongside along with his personal nominations for Magu’s alternative. iv. Once more, we can not neglect Malami’s demand of sure excessive profile case information from Magu which the latter has been resisting. The place of PACAC is that whereas Magu, or any official of no matter standing, should be nailed if discovered to be corrupt, the President should be cautious to not shoot its anti-corruption struggle /modest achievements within the foot, and to not neglect that EFCC below Magu has been the Administration’s anti-corruption poster-face. It might not be contestable that Malami has been exploiting his alleged loyalty and closeness to the President for his private /energy bloc agenda. For, to the most effective of PACAC’s data and observations, Malami has not manifested any real dedication to the anti-corruption struggle. Samplers: The nolle- prosequi entered in a case of corruption towards Orubebe in relation to alleged malfeasance whereas Minister of Niger Delta Ministry; his secret assembly with fugitive Maina in Dubai below no matter guise/ excuse; his involvement within the surreptitious reinjection of the identical Maina into the Civil Service; his supervision of Obono-Oblas’ kangaroo Asset Restoration outfit which Obono subsequently ran overseas when uncovered by some ICPC investigation; his non-due consideration, by design or default, to the P&ID matter since 2015 till it was blown open by humongous monetary harm to the nation; and many others. However the scenario at hand, the hope of PACAC is that the President would get up to the continued shenanigans of energy gamers which can be working from the within towards his anti-corruption struggle. We’re additionally relying on the expertise and dexterity of the brand new Chief of Employees, Professor Ibrahim Gambari whose loyalty to the President and good of the nation can’t be doubted, and we additionally hope that the demonstrated integrity of retired Justice Salami would carry the day for thoroughness, equity and justice within the curiosity of the anti-corruption struggle.