Embattled former EFCC acting Chairman arriving with his boys
Reports reaching us has it that the presidential panel that is grilling the alleged corrupt practices against the former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has expanded its scope of investigation by interrogating seven operatives of the commission referred to as the ‘Magu Boys.’
Reports in Nigerian newspapers claim that the operative are said to be seven in number and were probed for their roles in the acting chairman’s exploits during his time as acting chairman, which has now ended inglorious with his arrest, detention and interrogation.
The seven operatives, also known in the EFCC system as “The Untouchables” were accused of committing several atrocities, including allegedly blackmailing and extorting money from suspects, appropriating exhibits to themselves and selling off forfeited or seized assets without remitting the proceeds to government coffers.
The activities of the ‘The Untouchables’ formed part of the allegations in the memo the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari, which sparked off renewed look in the direction of Magu by the powers that be.
It was also gathered that the panel summoned the commission’s secretary, Mr. Olanipekun Olukoyede and some other top management officers to tell all they knew about the allegations against Magu. At the end of their conversation, the panel was said to have directed the directors and sectional heads in the EFCC to produce files of cases handled since 2015, including forfeited assets’ register and all cash releases within seven days.
Magu, it was gathered was taken to the panel yesterday morning from the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) where he has been detained since Monday July 6, 2020 and was accompanied by his lawyer and former Attorney-General of the federation and Minister of Justice, Kanu Agabi.