Game Up for Magu as DSS Submits 12 Hard Pieces of Evidence Against Him
This might be the end for it as the Department of State Security Service has submitted 12 hard pieces of evidence indicting Ibrahim Magu.
This might be all that is needed for Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu to throw in the towel as the the Department of State Services, DSS has submitted twelve hard pieces of evidence indicting him in some shady deals.
The report by the DSS described Magu as a fraudulent officer and a perennial offender who would never change. According to Punch, the report was signed by one Folasade Bello on behalf of the Director-General of the DSS, was in response to a letter sent to the DSS by the AGF dated December 19, 2016 with reference number, HAGF/DSS/2016/Vol 1/7.
The DSS also attached the 12 documents as evidence against Magu who was rejected by the Senate last week based on the damning security report.
The report revealed that Magu while serving on the presidential arms procurement probe panel befriended a fellow member of the panel, Air Commodore Mohammed Umar (retd.).
Umar was later arrested and charged by the DSS sometimes last year for alleged money laundering and illegal possession of firearms.
According to the DSS, Umar said in his confessional statement that his company furnished Magu’s official residence in upscale Maitama.
It reads in part, “This is a copy of the confessional statement of the confessional statement of Air Commodore Mohammed Umar (retd.), a suspect hitherto detained and currently being prosecuted by the service.
“The statement confirms his ownership of Valcour SA Nigeria Limited, a company awarded the contract of securing and furnishing an official residence for Ibrahim Magu by the FCTA. Investigations revealed that this was facilitated after Magu was earlier shown the residence by one Uche Aleka, a close business associate of Umar who was introduced to Magu by the former.”
The security service said when Umar’s house was searched by operatives, several top secret documents, which emanated from the EFCC were found at his residence, evidence that Magu was providing him with sensitive information.
It added, “This is a copy of progress report with reference number SH/COS/24/A/7277 dated 25th May, 2016 on NNPC/NLG Brass Investments Accounts in Nigeria commercial banks from Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Abba Kyari, to the acting Chairman of the EFCC chairman. The letter is an official/classified document of the EFCC, which was duly received by the commission as indicated by the stamp on the document. However, it was recovered at Umar’s residence.”
The DSS alleged that Magu allegedly used his position to settle personal scores with his perceived opponents.
It concludes, “It has exposed Magu as a fraudulent officer and betrays the high confidence reposed in him by the President.”
The DSS had in December given a damning verdict in a memo sent to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN when the AGF requested additional information and documents from the DSS over allegations contained in the Service’s security report on Magu to the Senate.
Attached to the DSS memo signed by one Folashade Bello on behalf of the Director General of the service were 12 annexures to back its findings on Magu.
The controversial memo by the DSS made available by Saturday Sun reads: “An officer appointed as Ag. Chairman of EFCC should by all means be one of impeccable credentials, with proven integrity and capacity to lead the nation’s fight against graft in high and low places.
“Thus far, it is evident from Magu’s antecedents that he is by no means that kind of officer. His relationship with Umar Mohammed, which involved disclosure of very sensitive and classified official documents in his possession shows lack of professionalism and assails his integrity.
“Moreso, for an officer who was indicted and nearly dismissed six (6) years ago, to be involved in similar circumstances again, it is clear that Magu is a perennial offender and cannot change.
“Also worthy of note is the fact that Magu exhibited a total lack of judgment where it mattered most. He accepted to move into a tastefully furnished accommodation without any scrutiny of how it was furnished. This is curious and speaks volumes of his personality.
“The recovery of sensitive and classified documents from the residence of Umar further underlays his close affinity to Magu and an apparent penchant for sabotaging official processes and administrative protocols, just to further the latter’s personal material and pecuniary agenda.
“Such mutually beneficial relationships as with Umar, who by his confession, approaches ‘clients’ for possible exploitation, favours and associated returns is unprecedented and very damning for an anti-graft top official. It has exposed Magu as a fraudulent officer and betrays the high confidence reposed in him by Mr. President.
“A further demonstration of Magu’s questionable credibility as an untainted anti-corruption official is his failed bid to settle personal scores with one Stanley Inye Lawson by placing him on Security Watch Action. It was however, discovered that Lawson was actually working in the interest of the Federal Government and the action was subsequently expunged.
“This reinforces the view that Magu may continue to exploit his official position if confirmed as EFCC Chairman, and indulge in other unprofessional and criminal conducts for personal aggrandizement contrary to his oath of office.”