Ibrahim Magu, former appearing chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), allegedly suppressed corruption instances of a present governor and three former ones, TheCable reviews.
The Justice Ayo Salami investigative panel mentioned whereas overseeing the EFCC, Magu “directed designated operatives not to investigate” the allegations of corruption towards the 4 people.
The former governors in query have been recognized as Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano), Donald Duke (Cross River) and Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), who’s a present senator.
Ahmadu Fintiri, Adamawa governor, who had led the state for some months in 2014, was additionally talked about among the many “prominent politically exposed persons” whom Magu “suppressed” their instances.
Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation (AGF), who had first really useful Magu’s removing to President Muhammadu Buhari, was requested to direct the investigation and facilitate “possible prosecution” of the previous EFCC boss over the alleged sharp practices discovered by the panel.
Following Malami’s petition to Buhari, Magu was investigated by the panel and finally changed as EFCC chairman after being indicted for abuse of workplace.
The former EFCC boss denied any wrongdoing when he appeared earlier than the investigative panel.
In the report submitted in November 2020, the EFCC, beneath the previous appearing chairman’s watch, was accused of “causing the disappearance of evidence, stoppage and suppression of cases under investigation and prosecution, and omitting to arrest suspects”.
The report mentioned the instances concerned distinguished politicians corresponding to Ike Ekweremadu, former deputy senate president; Haruna Momoh, former managing director of the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC); Stella Oduah, senator from Anambra state, amongst others, and together with “all US dollar-related cases reported by ONSA [Office of the National Security Adviser]”.
The panel really useful the investigation of Magu’s “conduct” in relation to the probe of the “arms procurements contract fraud in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA)”.
The committee additionally directed the EFCC to “immediately resuscitate and conclude investigations into all the abandoned procurement fraud cases” within the NSA workplace.
Further investigations have been additionally directed to be carried out on Magu and different workers members of the EFCC over their “conduct” in an alleged bribery case involving Donald Wokoma, a businessman.
The Salami-led panel additionally requested the AGF to direct related businesses to research Magu “for compromising the investigation of the case against Hima Aboubakar for possible prosecution”.
The EFCC had in 2020 declared Aboubakar needed over an alleged case of legal conspiracy, contract rip-off, misappropriation of public funds, cash laundering and fraud to the tune of $394 million, €9.9 million and N369 million.
As the chief govt officer of Societe D`Equipment Internationaux (SEI), he was mentioned to have acquired the funds for the acquisition of apparatus for the Nigerian navy however “investigations have revealed discrepancies in the supply of the equipment”, based on the fee.
The panel additionally mentioned Magu ought to be subjected to investigation and attainable prosecution “for failing to account for security/information funds amounting to N431 million”.
The funds have been mentioned to have been launched to his workplace between November 2015 and May 2020.
It has been about eight months because the panel submitted its report, however most of its suggestions are but to be applied.