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Reflection: How EFCC Boss Ibrahim Magu Aborted Operation At Expense Of Operatives Lives


Mostly damages when his nomination as the 4th substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC based on a an indicting and detailed report by the Department of States Services, DSS.

The Borno born police officer, who failed to defend himself at his screening, was accused of being corrupt and using police lackeys to receive kickbacks.

Try as he might, the anti-graft boss, to delude Nigerians into dismissing the report as “Corruption Fighting Back,” more information of Mr Magu’s shady ways have emerged to public foray.

The latest being the shutdown of Nigeria’s Financial Intelligence Unit due to Mr Magu’s sabotage and refusal to work according to the set rule of a world body which regulates FIU’s.

Another is the raid to a suspect’s house who happened to be a friend of the rejected chairman.

According to EFCC sources, during the operation at the resident of the suspect, the accused put a call to Mr Magu, telling the Anti-graft boss that his boys have come to embarrass him.

Insiders revealed that Mr Magu ordered that the suspect hands the phone to the operatives, but they (operatives) declined to speak with whoever was on phone. This angered Mr Magu, who immediately put a call across to the Director of Operations at the originating office, and lambasted him to recall and abort the said investigation.

Unfortunately, it was later discovered that the suspect had been a very close associate of Mr Magu, and had been involved in so many corrupt and fraudulent activities in Nigeria, another source alluded.

A staff reporter from the Pebbles News was authoritatively informed that the office where the operation originated is presently in disarray, as operatives are wondering how their boss who publicly claims “Mr Integrity” and even castigated the DSS as being “Integrity Deficient”, could abort such a vital investigation and operation, just for selfish motive.

Meanwhile, in another development, this online newspaper discovered that a major operation has also been flawed by Mr Magu.

We learned that the anti-graft boss had ordered operatives to the home of a former Head of State and retired Army General.

This was according to our source, sequel to whistle blowers intelligence, claimed to have been gathered by Mr Magu. It also alleged that the former Head of State had hidden stolen funds, from the Halliburton Fraud at his Guest House.

Authoritatively, this media house gathered that as EFCC operatives arrived the Guest House, the Chief Security Officer, CSO to the Retired Army General put a phone call across to his Principal. Subsequently, the Operatives were asked to go and meet the former Head of State at his main residence, being the instruction to the CSO.

As duty call required, the EFCC Operatives needed clearance from the Anti-graft boss, before changing or moving from their target location. Lord and behold, Mr Magu switched off his mobile phone, and the Operatives became stranded. All effort to reach their boss was futile, as Mr Magu ignored them in entirety until they returned back in vein, our source revealed.

A source said “If he (Mr Magu) knew that he cannot or does not have the effrontery to command, why did he send them on a ‘suicide mission’ and left them in the middle of the deep blue sea”.

“This has always been the way and manner in which Mr Magu sacrifices EFCC Operatives, whenever he realizes that the Chips are down, and it may affect his job.

EFCC Spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren has not returned our requests for comment.

Staff members who are beginning to grumble behind their boss, asked: “What kind of a Leader is this that will always want his subordinates to take the fall in crucial investigations like this?

EFCC workers say they need “the urgent intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari.”

They say upon his return from his London Medical leave, he should “wield the big stick” and “sack” their boss, as well “hand him over to the DSS for further investigation over allegations that’s been made against him.”