File Photo of an official of DSS (left) and the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Magu
Apparently in a bid to manage the earlier report that the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, was arrested by the Department of State Service (DSS) for interrogation, both the EFCC and the DSS have denied the story making it difficult for Nigerians to know what to believe.
In a statement they issued to explain the true position of events, they said Mr Magu was not forced nor arrested by any agency. This was disclosed in a statement that said that Magu only honored an invitation by a Presidential Panel to review the activities of EFCC.
However, it would be recalled that the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, last month recommended the sack of Magu over alleged corruption allegation.
Dr Peter Afunanya, the Public Relations Officer, DSS: “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.”
Hours after DSS’s statement, EFCC emphatically stated that: “Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu on Monday, July 6, 2020, honoured an invitation by a Presidential Panel reviewing the activities of the EFCC, at the Banquet Hall wing of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He was served the invitation to the Panel, while on his way to the Force Headquarters, Abuja for a meeting.
“The EFCC’s boss was neither arrested nor forced to honour the invitation. A member of a legal team from the EFCC is also with him on the Panel.”