Report: Magu arrested and moved to Aso Villa to face Investigative Panel.. but not by DSSS

The Department of State Security Service (DSS) has denied arresting Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

Multiple reports had said the boss of the anti-graft agency was arrested by DSS on Monday at the  EFCC head office in Abuja.

But, in a short statement by Peter Afunanya, DSS Public Relations Officer, the secret police, denied arresting Magu.

“The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the public that it did not arrest Ibrahim MAGU, Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as has been reported by sections of the media. The Service, has since, today, 6th July, 2020, been inundated with enquiries over the alleged arrest," the statement reads.

However, according to Premium Times and Sahara Reporters, Magu was arrested by security agents and taking directly to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where he is to appear before a presidential panel sitting at the Banquet Hall of the villa.

The panel is investigating allegations of corruption and insubordination levelled against him by the Attorney-General of the Federation. Abubakar Malami

He was accompanied by Rotimi Oyedepo, an EFCC counsel.

The EFCC via its official Twitter handle confirmed that Magu is facing a panel in Aso Rock, but denied that he was arrested.

Sources told Sahara Reporters that Magu might be detained if the committee created by President Muhammadu Buhari recommends detention for further investigation or released to go after today’s proceedings.

The source added that it is unclear why the security agency arrested Magu when he could have been invited to the committee without any show of force. 

His alleged arrest comes a few days after attorney-general of the federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, accused the anti-graft czar of gross infractions.

The AGF asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Magu over some “weighty” allegations, including the diversion of recovered loot.

In addition to allegedly re-looting the recovered loot, Malami accused the acting EFCC chairman of insubordination and misconduct.

According to reports, the EFCC boss travelled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates without the authorisation of the president during the COVID-19 lockdown.

And when he was questioned, he said he went for an investigation. He is also alleged to be living above his means.

In 2016, the senate declined to confirm the appointment of Magu as EFCC chairman after a DSS report indicted him of corruption.

The report read: “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 retired, a questionable businessman who has subsequently been arrested by the secret service.

“For the furnishing of the residence, Magu enlisted the Federal Capital Development Authority to award a contract to Africa Energy, a company owned by the same Mohammed, to furnish the residence at the cost of N43m.”

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