EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu may have stepped on powerful toes in the Buhari administration.
The minister of justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has asked the president to fire Magu – Malami accused Magu of diverting recovered loot and also disrespecting constituted authorities.
According to a report by ThisDay, Malami has gone ahead to recommend same to President Muhammadu Buhari. Malami, in a memorandum to the president, anchored his recommendation on several grounds “raging from diversion of recovered loot to insubordination and misconduct” by Magu.
The report further revealed that Malami included a shortlist of three candidates for consideration to replace Magu. Given the weight of Malami’s allegations against Magu, sources quoted in the report say the president may be inclined “to set up a probe panel that will look into the veracity of the allegations and make necessary recommendations.”
Malami alleged accounting gaps or discrepancies of figures concerning the recovered assets, claiming that Magu was not transparent enough in the management of recovered assets. Magu, 58, is a Nigerian police officer who also served during Nuhu Ribadu’s time at the anti-graft agency and was credited with part of the success Ribadu recorded in his time.
In April 2018, the Police Service Commission announced the promotion of 18 senior officers where Magu was promoted to the rank of a full commissioner from deputy commissioner of police. Sensing mounting opposition to his retention as the EFCC boss, Magu has been on a public relations campaign spree in recent times.