The embattled acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has been unable to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari since the beginning of the crisis that engulfed the confirmation of his appointment.
Magu has written a letter stating his side of the story over the allegations levelled against him by the DSS. A source, who said the letter would be delivered to the President during the week, added that Magu defended himself and also detailed his running battles with some of the president’s closest aides – the powerful cabal.
Reliable sources told Punch that Magu had made efforts to see Mr President in the aftermath of the Senate’s refusal to confirm his appointment. The Senate, on Thursday, had based its decision on a “strange” security report by DSS which accused Magu of abuse of office, romancing corruption.
The report by the DSS says Magu’s antecedents and his conduct after his appointment as the anti-corruption czar, made him ineligible to hold the office in full capacity.
The DSS report concludes, “Magu has failed the integrity test and will eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption drive of the present administration.”
The embattled EFCC chairman, who is said to be at loggerheads with some members of Buhari’s kitchen cabinet, tried to see the President on Saturday night but his efforts were futile.
Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, handles the President’s appointments and determines, in most cases, who gets to see him.
There have been reports that Magu is involved in a power struggle with the Director General of the DSS, Lawal Daura, and some top aides of the President, who are said to be against his confirmation. He is said to be an ally of the National Security Adviser, Gen. Babagana Monguno.
Magu was conspicuously absent at the Saturday’s wedding of the President’s daughter, Zahra, to Ahmed Indimi. However, other heads of security agencies including the former chairman of the EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, were present at the lunch which held inside the Presidential Villa.
Multiple sources confirmed that Magu was sighted in the Presidential Villa at 6.30pm on Friday.
While he failed to see the President, Magu attended the Asset Recovery team meeting which holds weekly at the Presidency. The meeting had Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; the Minister of Information, Mr. Lai Mohammed, and others.
Magu, it was gathered, had wanted to issue a statement through the agency to respond to the DSS allegations, but later had a change of mind, as he believes he’s innocent of all the allegations.
Sources say some “corrupt” ministers in Buhari’s government are also supporting Bukola Saraki not to confirmed Magu as EFCC chairman, despite all the money he has recovered for Nigeria.