BREAKING: How Magu blocked Theophilus Danjuma’s Cheque, raided Abdulsalami’s Home


A Former Presidential Spokesman, Olusegun Adeniyi has shed light on a series of events that reportedly led to the arrest and investigation of Former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.

Adeniyi, in a recent article “Magu and the Abuja Power Game”, described the Borno state born anti-graft boss as one ‘who took on far too many battles while leaving his own flanks wide open’.

He also revealed that Magu raided the Minna residence of Former Head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar and recently blocked a cash payment for an aircraft made by a former defence minister and Oil tycoon, Theophilus Danjuma. He stated that Magu did all this without the President’s knowledge.

“I don’t know if the detained acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, grew up (like some of us) reading the novels of English writer René Brabazon Raymond, who wrote under the pseudonym, James Hadley Chase. Even so, I doubt he came across ‘Goldfish Have No Hiding Place’. As a student of power politics, I am not surprised that Magu—who took on far too many battles while leaving his own flanks wide open—is now caught in a dangerous web from which he may never recover.”

“Former Defence Minister, Lt General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (Rtd) was recently at the villa to see President Muhammadu Buhari. It was a visit borne out of rage. A billionaire oil tycoon, Danjuma had paid for the purchase of an aircraft. His cheque bounced! The order to withhold payment, he was told by his banker, came from Magu! From what I gathered, it took some time before the president could convince Danjuma that he knew nothing about what was clearly power-mongering by a reckless public official.”

“A few weeks before that incident, the Minna residence of former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar was raided by EFCC operatives who “turned the house upside down”. The president also got to know only after the deed had been done.”

Adeniyi wrote further that Magu did not follow due process in recovering stolen assets and loot, also revealing how President Buhari ordered a discreet audit on the agency in 2017.

“In the past five years, Magu has at different times made claims about the hundreds of billions of Naira recovered from ‘treasury looters’. But subsequent auctions for recovered assets did not follow due process, resulting in choice properties being handed out to suspected cronies. Since Abuja is a city where residents know the dirty secrets of people in power (including who is sleeping with whose spouse), the president was being inundated with petitions that Magu is not above board in his dealings.”

“Apparently determined to get to the root of these allegations, the president on 22 November 2017 inaugurated a three-member committee to audit all assets recovered by agencies of the federal government from 29th May 2015. Headed by Mr Olufemi Lijadu, who later became the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman, the two other members are Mr. Mohammed Nami, the current Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) chairman and Mrs. Gloria Bibigha, a respected accountant in the office of the Auditor General of the Federation who is regarded as a specialist in forensic auditing. “It has become obvious that fundamental gaps still exist in ensuring that the recovered assets are accounted for, and managed in an accurate, transparent and logical manner,” the President told the committee.”

“It is noteworthy that exactly six days after the committee began its session, the then Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki publicly accused anti-graft agencies of looting the recovered proceeds. Saraki spoke at the opening session of a “Strategic Retreat on Tracking the Progress of Anti-Corruption Bills”, on why the National Assembly had become “strident about the opacity shrouding the management of recovered funds, which in many cases get re-looted by the agencies that investigated and recovered them”. An ad hoc committee of the Senate, according to Saraki, had “discovered that many properties recovered from a fugitive from the law have not been accounted for by the investigating agency”.

“Meanwhile, the Lijadu committee was working quietly in the background, obtaining information from government agencies and seeking clarification for inconsistencies. Although they had been given four months to complete their assignment, the trio of Lijadu, Nami and Bibigha ended up spending ten months, rummaging through thousands of pages of documents in dozens of files from the various agencies. But even before they submitted their report, the then Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, had already noticed discrepancies from the figures that were emerging from their work. She sent Magu a memo seeking clarification on the recoveries “based on the information available to the Office of Accountant-General of the Federation.” According to Adeosun, the attention of her ministry had been drawn to “recovery figures in media reports by the EFCC that do not reconcile with the records of the ministry”, asking Magu to “clarify where these cash recoveries have been deposited and provide accompanying evidence.”

“There is no record to show that Magu responded to Adeosun’s memo. But on 11th September 2018, the president formally received the report of the Lijadu committee that raised several unanswered questions about the recovered fixed and movable assets. The Attorney General of the Federation and Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami, SAN, later addressed the media on salient issues in the report. Although he gave no breakdown, Malami said: “In summary, the recovered funds by the three-man committee is N769 billion cash within the period under review”. What Malami did not disclose that day was that there were discrepancies in the EFCC figures and the disposal of some properties were done without transparency.”

“From that moment, Magu’s fate was sealed. To compound his problem, the president had also received reports from a number of foreign agencies on the “lack of professionalism” by Magu who was said to be in the habit of leaking to the media information that compromises investigations. At home, critical agencies including the Directorate of State Security (DSS) and National Intelligence Agency (NIA) view Magu as a danger to the system because, as a top presidency official told me, “he doesn’t mind bringing down institutions to get at individuals, sometimes just for media adulation”. But in the mutual game of alliances and counter-alliances (often laced with mutual blackmail) used by members of this administration to checkmate one another, Magu remained in office. But despite concerted efforts by members of his own camp to have his name sent to the Senate for confirmation, the president refused to budge.”

“Meanwhile, the AGF to whose office Magu should ordinarily report (but doesn’t, out of sheer arrogance of power) bided his time before writing a damning memo to the president regarding the report on recovered assets. At the same time, Magu was basking in a false sense of security because he had just recently received approval from the president to auction more than 400 expensive cars forfeited by internet fraudsters. So secure in the fantasy that his name would soon be sent to the Senate for confirmation was Magu that he had begun planning how to dispose through public auction exotic vehicles including Ferraris, Range Rovers and Mercedes. That was before he was upended on Monday afternoon.” he wrote.

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  1. It unfortunate that all these are coming now that Magu has been apprehended.My question is why did these took years for the reporter let Nigeria know? Why now?Birds of a feather.

    1. I’m Saddened by this long incubated information too. In as much as am saddened, I’m equally not surprised because nothing is impossible in a zoo Republic like our.

  2. Leave all these joker’s,they are all aware of these and it is after Magu has been arrested that they decided to speak up, enemies of progress.

  3. This seems to be culture in Nigeria if you are in position people speak good about you and if you are out position people talk against you. I think we had reached the the level of giving honour to whom is due, magu deserved even more accolade.

  4. Nigeria system is funny, you either leave them or look from the side and laugh.
    Ibrahim Sambo was like the head of Security in Nigeria a former colonel in Nigeria army, one of his sin was some ammunition found in his house.
    Now Magu the anti corruption tsar house was search, and exhibits are found..
    If you go to Nigeria court in Abuja the judge will give you bail with a civil servants as surety with landed property in Abuja, hundreds of millions of naira. All what the Justice is asking can not be acquire legally in Nigeria.
    Nigeria presentation is always to rubish the accuser whereas, all of them are in the same boat.
    When the first son had an accident, nobody cares how he acquired the power bike, after all we know his father can not be associated with pilfering.
    I’m not saying Magu is right or wrong, there are some official things that should be better handled.

  5. More are coming, anybody that choose to block the change agendas, he or she must face the angers of the egent of change.

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