Corruption Charges: After Suspension, Police comb Magu’s house, returned to custody

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Some policemen attached to the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department on Tuesday searched the home of the suspended  acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.

Also on Tuesday, the Justice Ayo Salami Presidential Panel, which interrogated Magu on Monday over allegations of corruption, again quizzed the suspended EFCC boss.

The suspended EFCC boss, who was detained by the police after Monday’s interrogation, was returned   to the police custody at 8:30pm on Tuesday.

But earlier at 6pm, policemen searched   Magu’s house located on Abduljalil Street, Karu Site, on the outskirts of Abuja and made away with vital documents.

The policemen, who carried out the search,  were said to be the same ones who arrested Magu on Monday.

A police officer  said, “On Tuesday evening, a team of policemen stormed the home of Magu in Karu. That is the house where Magu used to live before he moved to Maitama after his appointment as EFCC chairman.

“The policemen made away with some items and everything will be processed as investigations continue.”

Magu spends second night in police custody

It was learnt that at 830p.m. Magu was driven from the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa venue of the panel’s sitting back to the Force Criminal Investigation Bureau where he  passed the night on Monday.

“Yes. Magu has returned to police custody. He left the venue of the panel’s sitting at  8.30pm and was driven back to the same police facility where he was detained on Monday,” a source told one of our correspondents on Tuesday evening.

Buhari suspends Magu

Before the presidential panel resumed its sitting on Tuesday, the President, Muhammadu Buhari , had suspended Magu.

It was gathered that Magu was suspended  to allow the  Salami panel  do its job without interference from the EFCC boss.

Magu was accosted by security agents in front of the old EFCC headquarters on Fomella Street, Wuse 2, Abuja, at  noon on Monday, and  taken to the Presidential Villa, where he was quizzed by the  panel for six hours over 24 allegations.

Most of the allegations against Magu emanated from a report by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), and a report  of the Department of State Services, which was submitted to the Senate in 2016 and 2017.

Among others, the suspended EFCC boss was accused of living above his means, fraternising with corrupt persons and diverting  recovered funds.

When the panel resumed sitting at noon on Tuesday   at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja like what happened on Monday, security operatives  stopped State House reporters from gaining access into the venue.

Confirming Magu’s suspension, a source said, “It is commonsensical that when an investigation of this nature is ongoing, you don’t allow the person being investigated to keep the keys of the office for which he is being investigated.

“This is because if he keeps the keys, there can be a kind of tampering with documents or evidence. It is not logical and it is even undemocratic to allow such to happen.”

The Presidency has yet to issue a formal statement on the issue as of the time of filing this report.

Meanwhile, there are strong indications that the Director of Operations at the anti-graft commission, Abba Mohammed, may take over the affairs of the agency pending the appointment of Magu’s replacement.

A source said, “Deputy commissioner of Police  Mohammed, who is the director of operations, is expected to take over the running of the EFCC in acting capacity pending the appointment of a replacement for Magu.”

Meanwhile, pressure groups have been reportedly positioning various candidates for the EFCC top job.

It was learnt that the some people had been pushing for the appointment of a former commissioner of police who arrested some politicians during the 2019 elections in the North-West.

Allegations against Magu too weighty to be ignored – Govt official

Meanwhile, a top government official on Tuesday said the various allegations levelled  against  Magu were too weighty to be ignored.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not directed to address the press, said under the regime of Buhari  nobody was above scrutiny.

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