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Magu’s sack: Presidency in internal battle

*Search for another northerner to replace him stops decision

*Buhari delays decision to measure public opinion

Were it not for the careful reluctance of President Muhammadu Buhari, DCP Ibrahim Magu would have become a part of the history of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

State House sources disclosed to www.gongnews.net that though, the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, who forwarded Magu’s name to the National Assembly (NASS) for confirmation, against the wishes of the cabal, has a contrary opinion on the sack.

It is the disagreement in the presidency that has caused the delay in the president’s approval of the anti-graft Tzar’s touted removal.

President Buhari and Ibrahim Magu...some things you are now told are blatant lies
President Buhari and Ibrahim Magu…some things you are now told are blatant lies

Another source added that, Magu may last until the time comes for the 2018 budget to be passed by the National Assembly. The lawmakers had insisted that the removal of the EFCC boss would be a precondition for the National Assembly to work in tandem with the presidency to have the budget proposals passed next year. The institution may be given a zero envelope when the details are worked out at last.

There is also the issue of who replaces Magu. The Presidency is favouring a candidate from the north. That was how the name of DCP Ahmad Abdulrahman came in. when it was realised that the super cop was a product of the Senate President, the system developed a new cold feet.

A third option was looked at by bringing in the names of senior norther candidates of the EFCC-trained Course One officers. Here, the name of the Head of Investigation from the organisation’s office in Lagos, an Adamawa State indigene, came up. Background checks are already ordered on him.

On March 15, the Senate rejected Magu’s nomination as the substantive chairman of the commission for the second time, relying on a security report by the Department of State Service (DSS).

According to the report, Magu was alleged to be lacking in enough integrity to lead the country’s anti-corruption agency.

At a recent parley of some key national stakeholders that had the troika of Abdulrahaman Danbazzau, Minister of Interior; Lawal Daura who is the DSS boss and Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, in attendance, Magu was accused of not working for national interest.

As learnt from an impeccable source at the parley, the DSS boss explained that it had established a disturbing relationship between Magu and a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which has nothing to do with the scope of economic crime fighting nor national interest.

The DSS boss had made the presidency aware of these findings and that those concerned were hoping that Mr. President would take the right decision on the matter.

The claim by the DSS was allegedly further corroborated by a reported meeting between President Buhari and his immediate predecessor, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, where the latter intimated Buhari of alleged detailed plans by Magu, in cahoots with the APC national leader, to blackball and intimidate political leaders from the South of the country.

This was further worsened with the quality of revelations coming from the PRTT boss, Abdulrasheed Maina who had revealed so much about Magu.

Buhari was said to have promised Jonathan to look into the matter.

There are other matters involved, as gathered. According to reliable sources, EFCC boss is believed to have alienated himself from critical stakeholders that should have helped in the fight against corruption.

The lawmakers, especially in the Senate, have been set on warpath principally by unguarded utterances from Magu. Even the media is divided over his operational methodology, said the source at the presidency.

Late last week, reports emerged that the presidency had concluded arrangement to replace the embattled acting chairman of EFCC who had been working in an acting capacity since his appointment on 10th November, 2015.

Another shade of the stop gap that has kept Magu on his seat is President Buhari’s decision not to wager against public opinion over replacing Magu with another northerner. Only Northerners had been heading the EFCC since inception to date.

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