The homes of the suspended chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, was raided by security agents on Tuesday
Daily Trust learnt that operatives of State Security Service, self-styled as the Department of State Services and riot policemen stormed Mr. Magu’s private home in Karu and his official residence in Maitama in Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday suspended Magu, according to multiple sources familiar with the case.
The media aide of the anti-graft boss, Tony Amokedo, told the Daily Trust that he is not aware of the suspension of his boss.
Mr Magu allegedly spent last night in police cell at the Force Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters in Area 10, Garki, Abuja, after he was quizzed on Monday for about six hours by a Presidential panel, chaired by a former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami.
It was gathered that Magu was detained at the FCID after the panel grilled him.
The panel was constituted by President Buhari to probe various allegations leveled against Magu following a petition by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the Department of State Service (DSS).
Malami’s memo allegedly accused Magu of diversion of recovered loot.
The memo was said to contain 22 allegations against the embattled EFCC chairman.
But Malami through his spokesman, Dr Umar Gwandu, said he had no knowledge of Magu’s arrest.
“You are just informing me now,” Gwandu said when told that Malami had reportedly written a memo in June, 2020, which indicted Magu.
“I am also not aware of any memo written to the president on the EFCC chairman,” he said.
One of our sources said the Salami panel had “quizzed Magu” who has been the acting chairman of the EFCC since when he was first nominated for the job by President Buhari in 2015.
“I am sure Justice Salami was selected to chair the panel because he will not compromise.
“This is a serious setback for the administration’s anti-corruption war.
“As it is now, Magu is a loner.
“He may be asked to handover to the most senior officer in the commission while the investigation continued.
Culled from Daily Trust