Mr. Abubakar Malami Nigeria’s minister of justice and attorney-general of the federation (AGF), has said Mr. Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is r-looting the recovered loot and has since written to Buhari, the Nigerian president recommending his removal.
THISDAY, however, reports that allegations against Magu from Malami are too damning that he may not come out of them and likely to be sacked.
In a letter to Buhari, Malami was reported to have identified and shortlisted three candidates for the president to choose who will replace Magu.
Although Malami did not respond to an inquiry seeking his clarification, THISDAY however, quoted a source that has good knowledge about the letter to have said Malami penciled down 22 damning allegations against Magu.
“I can authoritatively tell you that though Magu has survived previous plots to remove him, the AGF’s legal opinion remains the deadliest plot to get Magu out of the EFCC as AGF’s letter to the president contained 22 weighty allegations that require Buhari’s decision on whether or not to send Magu’s name to the Senate for confirmation or replace him, the source said.
“This is because the office of the AGF is the supervising ministry of the EFCC and so his legal opinion cannot be treated with levity.
“For example, Malami alleged accounting gaps or discrepancies of figures concerning the recovered assets, claiming that Magu was not transparent enough in the management of recovered assets.”
Magu has remained an acting EFCC boss because the Nigerian lawmakers refused to confirm his appointment as a result of the controversy that trailed his nomination in November 2015.
A fundamental reason the lawmakers refused to confirm Magu is a report from the Department of State Services (DSS) which accused him of different kinds of misconduct including living in N40 million mansion paid for by one retired air commodore who is allegedly involved in shady deals.
This is even as the EFCC boss has maintained that he is not corrupt while he is fighting corruption which is Buhari’s administration cardinal policy.