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Full text of department of state services’ report on Magu


EFCC chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu

“Investigation on the chairmanship nominee, Magu Ibrahim Mustapha revealed that in August 2008, following a search at his residence during the tenure of Farida Waziri (AIG/rtd) as the commission’s chairman, some sensitive EFCC documents which were not supposed to be at his disposal were discovered.

He was subsequently redeployed to the police after days of detention and later suspended from the Force. In December 2010, the Police Service Commission 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.

“Notwithstanding, sequel to the appointment of Ibrahim Lamorde as chairman of the EFCC in 2011, he made the return of Magu to the EFCC a top priority. Both men had worked together at the commission when Lamorde served as Head of Operations of the agency. Magu remained a top official of the commission until he was appointed to succeed Lamorde.

“Magu is currently occupying a residence rented for N40m, at N20m per annum. This accommodation was not paid for from the commission’s finances but by one Umar Mohammed (Air Commodore/Rtd), a questionable businessman and ally of subject who has subsequently been arrested by this service. For the furnishing of the residence, Mohammed enlisted the Federal Capital Development Authority to award a contract to Africa Energy, a company owned by the same Mohammed to lavishly furnish the residence at the cost of N43m.

“Investigations show that the Acting EFCC chairman regularly embarks on official and private trips through a private carrier, Easyjet, owned by Mohammed. In one of such trips, Magu flew to Maiduguri, alongside Mohammed and the MD of Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonkwo, who was being investigated by the commission over complicity in funds allegedly stolen by the immediate past Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

“Furthermore, the EFCC boss has so far maintained a high profile lifestyle. This is exemplified by his preference for First Class air travels. On 24th June, 2016, he flew Emirate Airlines’ First Class to Saudi Arabia to perform the Lesser Hajj at the cost of N2,990,196. This is in spite of Mr. President’s directive to all public servants to fly Economy Class.

“Investigation also revealed that Magu parades a twin personality. At one level, he is the czar who has no friends, no favourites and is ready to fight corruption to a standstill. However, with a key friend in the person of Umar Mohammed (Air Commodore/Rtd), a controversial businessman, he has betrayed the confidence reposed in him by the present administration. Whereas Magu portrays himself as very secretive, he has fostered a mutually beneficial relationship with Mohammed who, by his confession, approaches ‘clients’ for possible exploitation, favours and associated returns. This was facilitated with official secrets divulged by Magu and from which dealings he is believed to have been drawing considerable benefits.

“This was evidenced by the number of official and classified documents he made available to his associates, especially Mohammed. After a search of Mohammed’s premises, a forged letter of the Office of the Vice President, dated 20th May, 2016, was recovered. The letter was a fictitious investigation report from Vice President to Mr. President, requesting for approval to commence further probe into a matter allegedly involving Hon.

Minister of State Petroleum. Attached to the letter were two EFCC letters dated 13th April, 2016, and another 24th March, 2016, addressed to the vice president being investigation reports on the activities of Emmanuel Kachikwu and his brother Dumebi Kachikwu. Similarly recovered during the search were information on assets and personal details of Kachikwu.

“Also, following the arrest of three former Air Force chiefs by EFCC, namely, Alex Badeh, Umar and Amosu from whom huge sums of money and property were recovered, Umar and Alex Badeh were arraigned in court. It was only after the arrest of Mohammed by this service that the EFCC hurriedly arraigned Amosu. Mohammed later confessed that he never wanted Amosu tried, describing him as his former boss and he saw in Magu, a willing accomplice.

“Furthermore, findings revealed that in a bid to settle some personal scores, subject placed one Stanley Inye Lawson on a Security Watch Action, while in actual fact Lawson was working in the interest of the Federal Government. However, the action was later expunged following the discovery that Lawson was falsely accused by Magu for personal reasons.

“The circumstances surrounding Magu’s return to EFCC at the instance of the former chairman, Lamorde, and their close working relationship ever since is a clear indication of his culpability in the allegations of corrupt tendencies of the Lamorde led EFCC.

“To cover his tracks, Magu uses only his police cronies to execute operations. This, coupled with discoveries that such police cronies have acquired a lot of landed property, lends credence to the questions about his integrity.

“In the light of the foregoing, Magu has failed the integrity test and will eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption drive of the present administration.”

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  • Mizch

    Why no comments here?

  • Aristotle

    So Magu has so much skeletons in his cupboard? No wonder the Senate has continuously rejected his nomination. As the saying goes ; he who must come to Equity must come with clean hands.

    Mr president over to you. With all these allegations, I hope he and his benefactor will soon be guests of the EFCC. Let’s continue to watch this drama

  • AZZO

    Well DSS, good job. Question for you though is – Why did you not make these revelations earlier? Why wait until his nomination time at the hallowed chambers? You accuse one Rtd Air Commodore Umar Mohammed as a questionable business man – what reasons do you have to come to such conclusions? If he Mohammed is Magu’s best friend, how have you in your findings demonstrated a “non- above board” alliance between the duo. Your findings of both of them travelling together, furnishing Magu’s house and the Amosu saga etc do not in anyway show percuniary and or otherwise gains by Magu from Mohammed – or does it? For instance with the furnishing of Magu’s house – who was the FCT minister then? What and how could Mohammed have instructed the FCDA – Seat of Nigerian Government that a contract be awarded to his (Mohammed’s) company? If Magu’s accommodation is being paid by a friend and not by Magu helping himself from loots recovered by the EFCC then what is Magu’s crime – being friends with a wealthy man? If you say Mohammed is a questionable business man, how have you demonstrated the number of times you have raised your concerns with Magu over his friend? About documents found in his aboard, when did it become a crime for security officers including DSS to take sensitive documents if they have to work late on them? How have you demonstrated that Magu used these documents to corruptly enrich himself? About Magu’s enriched lieutenants in the EFCC, who are they? Why did you not say their names if you can name and shame their Principal? Agreed, Magu should never have been the EFCC helmsman in the first place having had a brush with the PSC previously but what is now clear is that he is the president’s choice but some persons, either out of spite or personal vendetta are very uncomfortable with the idea. Otherwise Nigerians should be asking why these findings from the DSS are just being told now. I think the DSS should be much more forthcoming with their findings and expantiate more on their letter to the house of assembly in fairness to the department of the EFCC – not necessarily Magu.

    • tc

      @disqus_O9p845HXSX:disqus I’m sure you must have heard of “conflict of interest”?
      With all these findings, the honourable thing for him and Mr. president to do is to just back out. But of course, they don’t give a heck about honour

      • AZZO

        Yes TC, I have not only heard about “conflict of interest” I also know precisely what it is. But I am unsure what that has got to do with this situation though. Are we saying because the matter is between the DSS and the EFCC then there is conflict of interest? So are their job descriptions the same then? Assuming that it is so, what then do we say about the DSS’s ruffling of feathers with the Guard Brigade from 27 May 2015? And also in this current saga, how does “conflict of interest” reflect on the arrest, referral to the police and possibly prosecution of the Magu’s friend Mohammed? Where exactly is this conflict of interest my brother – please educate me.

        • tc

          Magu’s romance with the said Mohammed Umar. From the way i have been taught, accepting any form of gift or favour from the said Mohammed is a conflict of interest. And this casts a shadow of doubt on his ability to fairly investigate him if need be. I’m sure you read the part that said that Mohammed’s premises was searched and forged letters were found.
          I know quite alright that saying that he is a questionable businessman is not enough to point accusing finger on him. But why is he doing so many things for Magu? When a “businessman” starts showing a government official so much “love”, then by brother you need to ask questions.

          Anyways, in this whole saga, there are so much that we are not being told, but for Magu to be having so many unpleasant stories indicates that he won’t be the best for the commission. So he should just please step aside. Or is his next gulp of oxygen tied being EFCC boss?

          • AZZO

            Yes, agreed my brother. If you read my conclusions I did say Magu was not supposed to have at anytime been the EFCC boss having been previously reprimanded by the Police Service Commission. But I feel strongly that there is nothing with his being friends with Mohammed. We have heard friends in this same Nigeria who sponsored presidents, governors, senate members and are still hobnobbing with their benefactors and beneficiaries- the heavens did not fall(or are yet to fall). The point I am making is simply – we should not cry foul because we have dislike, hatred or feel slighted. All of these allegations should not be coming out now whether they are true or false. I am also concerned that Magu is being presented a second time despite the senate’s refusal the first time. But anyways, that is life, what goes around comes around. Have a nice day.

          • tc

            Have a nice evening too bruh.
            By the way, she is a lady………lol

          • AZZO

            Ahh!! You got me there. Let’s say 1 – 0 (on condition that it is true “she is a lady”). Pardon my chauvinistic tendencies as it is natural and I am only human. Nice to exchange with you.

  • Olabode Ololade

    With all this story now I haven’t seen any statement that says he looted,mismanaged or stole money from anywhere of course everybody has one thing or the other working again him/her but this guy is obviously not a thief so he will catch thieves and please we all know over 80% of our senator are questionable so dey won’t want to confirme such a person.

  • Manuel Lopez

    @ AZZO, The DSS does not have to disclosed everything they have on Magu and Mohammed to make their case. They have stated enough to question his integrity.
    PS: The same Commodore Mohammed (RTD) was nominated by the President to serve as a member of the committee investigating the NSA and Military contracts but was unceremoniously removed and remanded in custody of DSS. That should tell you there is a lot of issues bordering on corruption and national security.