Presidency denies sack of Ibrahim Magu as EFCC Chairman

EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu
EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

Contrary to reports, Ibrahim Magu, has not been relieved of his appointment as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the presidency has said.

The Guardian newspaper quoted an unnamed source as saying Mr. Magu had been asked to vacate his seat by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

Although Mr. Malami could not be reached on phone, officials at the presidency denied the report.

“It is not true,” the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, told PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday.

Mr. Adesina later tweeted, “No truth in the story making the rounds that Magu has been removed as EFCC boss. The AGF is yet to submit his probe report to the President.”

Another Presidency spokesperson, Garba Shehu, dismissed the Guardian story as untrue.

“We are reading reports that the @officialEFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, has been sacked,” Mr. Shehu tweeted Saturday.

“No report has been made available to the Presidency by the Attorney General of the federation over the matter.”

“The report of his sack is therefore speculative and preemptive.”

Close aides of Mr. Magu also said no such directive was received from the Attorney General’s office.

“Guardian Newspaper Lied,” the EFCC said via his twitter handle @officialEFCC. “Magu Not Sacked!”

Months after Mr. Buhari requested the Senate to confirm the acting EFCC boss as substantive chairman of the commission, the legislative body rejected his nomination on December 15.

The Senate cited security reports turned in by the State Security Service, which labelled Mr. Magu corrupt, integrity-challenged and extravagant.

The SSS has two separate security reports – signed by one official, Folashade Bello, and submitted same day – on Mr. Magu.

In one, the SSS wanted Mr. Magu confirmed in view of his exceptional performance in office while saying in the other that he would be a liability to government’s anti-corruption efforts.

However, a fact-check by PREMIUM TIMES showed the allegations against the EFCC boss were inaccurate and false.

Messrs. Magu and Malami were said to have met on Friday to fine-tune ‎case files on an urgent matter asked to be investigated by Mr. Buhari.

However, multiple sources at the presidency and the AGF’s office told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Malami ‎on Friday made effort to submit a report to President Buhari.

The report was in response to the president’s directive that Mr. Malami investigate allegations of corruption levelled against Mr. Magu by the State Security Service, SSS.

“He (Mr. Malami) was rebuffed by‎ the president when he tried to submit the report,” a source at the presidency told PREMIUM TIMES. “He was asked to submit the report to Vice President Osinbajo.

“Instead, the president gave him further instructions on some fresh assignments to be carried out jointly by him and Magu.”


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  • Rommel

    In this era of post truth,government should consider cracking down on some of the people who will be implicated in dissemination of such kinds of information as they may destabilize Nigeria one day

    • okpada

      God bless you my brother

    • lanre

      Fake news rules in nigeria today.

    • Höly Wähala

      Govt. herself is responsible for several leaked news… who recorded and leaked the telephone conversations by Gov. Wike and Fayose? When it pleases them they leak silly news and you’re happy with that but when others feed PT and SR gibberish you call for sanctions, are you being fair? Who secretely taped citizens’ private phone chats for political aggrandization… and why is it only PDP elements that are caught in the middle as victims of such leakages?

  • Digit

    Premium times should I earn to give correcr information

    • Amazed

      What is Premium Times’ offence here? The Guardian wrote an incorrect story. Premium Times came to our rescue by contacting the presidency. So why are you blaming the paper?

  • Magnum

    Did l just read that president Buhari gave Malami and Magu a new assignment instead of receiving the report on Magu from Malami ? I was of the impression that mr president does not give the EFCC directives on who to investigate as it is often touted that the effc is independent? O have always wondered how such arms length approach was possible.
    Anyway, if Magu is found to be a victim of power play, and not directly involved in stealing public funds or protecting criminals,mr president should find a way to persuade NASS to sheath its sword and let bygone be bygone by approving Magu’s confirmation.
    Everything can be negotiated provided the parties are ready to appreciate and accommodate each other’s point of view and concern or fear.

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  • Ferdinand

    The presidency is just testing ground for eventual removal of Magu. AGF is part of the corrupt cabal in the presidency. Chickens cannot dispense justice to cockroaches other than to condemn them for a meal. PMB has been consumed by corruption.

    Magu, you came, played your part, the rest is for prosperity to judge. Well done.

  • Arabakpura

    Flying kites!

  • Höly Wähala

    “He (Mr. Malami) was rebuffed by‎ the president when he tried to submit the report… He was asked to submit the report to Vice President Osinbajo. Instead, the president gave him further instructions on some fresh assignments to be carried out jointly by him and Magu.” Premium Times (source)
    @Premium Times… When you lie, make sure your editors proof-read your lies for logic before publishing them for public consumption. How come Mallami was “rebuffed” yet got a fresh assignment from the President? Educated Nigerians also know that the Judiciary is a seperate arm of Govt. that does not take orders from any other arm. You and SaharaReporters are so silly with this una campaign for Magu that I truly think both media houses should be investigated for corruption… who is financing this media blitz to keep a corrupt EFCC Chairman in office? You guys are totally irresponsible, Magu is not indispensible and must go. Shikena!

    • Hajiya Tunsj Soyemi(mai fura)

      Ah! Ye! Sorry guys, WHO is this nincomp@@p called ‘wahala’??
      What is confusing you Mrs wahala?? You mean your comprehension is so poor? Is your IQ really negligible??
      Please digest this;
      “He was rebuffed by‎ the president when he tried to SUBMIT THE REPORT,”.. He was asked to submit the report to Vice President Osinbajo.”
      “Instead, the president gave him further instructions on some FRESH assignments to be carried out jointly by him and Magu.”

      Mrs wahala, MALAMI WAS REBUFFED OVER THE REPORT ON MAGU..THAT DOES NOT FORECLOSE THE PRESIDENT GIVING HIM A FRESH ASSIGNMENT!

      Sorry madam, if you don’t feel too good, but think you should give the internet a break. That was how you disgraced yourself on saharareporters when you failed to comprehend the sarcasm in an article declaring PMB as ‘man of the year’!
      Please my sister, take a break and treat yourself.
      *forgive me, I don’t know if you are male or female.

      • khalil

        LWKMD!!!!

      • Höly Wähala

        Fraudster Ramatu… leave kay-Soyemi’s moniker and return to yours, dirty dan daudu like you. Attention-seeking is your ignoble trade and mark, get a life… Faggot!

        • Good Samaritan

          A forum like this should serve as a platform for reasoning positively and not a rendezvous for insulting or boasting over being knowledgeable than others. I wonder how your children will feel when they read your comments. Please learn to be civil…

      • Höly Wähala

        You are the retarded @Ramatu foolishly seeking undue attention… I darn sure know that I am a man but also know that you are a bi-sexual ignorant clown senselessly roaming the net cloning peoples’ monikers as you seek cheap attention. I’ve known @Kay_Soyemi for 7yrs elsewhere and know you’ve again hijacked his moniker for silly grandstanding purposes, tomorrow you will be posting as @Nubian… jobless tout, go take a shower or close your knees in public, remains my advise to a moron in your dirty mold. Aschloch!

    • Calistus

      PT is perfectly in order. He ws given the fresh assignment with magu, but rebuffed over the report and asked to submit to the VP.
      D1NDIR1N!!!

    • omotayo olanipekun

      Please re-read the last two paragraphs. Abi you need glasses ni?
      Go easy on the bottle my boy.

      • Amir

        Please leave the online miscreant to continue disgracing himself on every platform. No one cares about his rants. Frustrated immigrants!

        • Höly Wähala

          Aboki, at least, in your entire North I’m certain that no one has 1% level on intelligence that I have in my little finger nail. Premium Times has severally claimed to have “sighted the report” by the DSS to the Senate yet, not bothered to publish the full gist to idyiots like you, guess why? They’ve been pocketed by Magu and thhat is just sad. Now, get lost… or back to your Sahel desert region. Arid Clown!

      • Höly Wähala

        Messrs. Magu and Malami were said to have met on Friday to fine-tune ‎case files on an urgent matter asked to be investigated by Mr. Buhari. multiple sources at the presidency and the AGF’s office told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Malami ‎on Friday made effort to submit a report to President Buhari. The report was in response to the president’s directive that Mr. Malami investigate allegations of corruption levelled against Mr. Magu by the State Security Service, SSS. “He (Mr. Malami) was rebuffed by‎ the president when he tried to submit the report,” a source at the presidency told PREMIUM TIMES. “He was asked to submit the report to Vice President Osinbajo. “Instead, the president gave him further instructions on some fresh assignments to be carried out jointly by him and Magu.” – PT (Unedited)

        The above is ambigous and irresponsible.

        • omotayo olanipekun

          You have quoted the last five paragraphs egbon! I suggested you RE-READ the last TWO. you seem a bit tired, so couldn’t grasp the story after reading so many lines.
          Please concentrate on the last TWO paragraphs sir.
          Easy easy on the substances my boy.

          • Höly Wähala

            Listen, it simply does not make sense that Malami and Magu will be meeting at this sensitive time that the AGF is investigating the EFCC man… “The report was in response to the president’s directive that Mr. Malami investigate allegations of corruption levelled against Mr. Magu by the State Security Service, SSS…” it does not follow logic that Malami would take his report meant for the President to a meeting with Magu, that is where I pass all of una for in-depth news analysis and there’s nothing all or any of you can do about it. The entire article is hasty and not well thought-out, if anything, AGF is supposed to be part of Magu’s problems with the kitchen cabal, ain’t he? They did not meet according to my own sources… shikena!

    • Emeka

      You are not only swimming in a pool of local alcohol, but also choking your miserable life with Indian hemp. Just keep dreaming for magu’s removal, it would never happen until each and everyone of you thieves are made to cough out the billions you hyenas stole. Magu is going nowhere!

      • B. Messi

        Are you calling wahala a thief and a hyena on new year’s eve?
        He will abuse you with his obscenities o.

        • duwdu

          No medals to you for your accurate prediction regarding the personality of Holy Wahala! Lol.

          P34c3
          ……..
          …..

      • Höly Wähala

        Want to bet your dirty mama as my matrasse for 2017 if Magu is no longer there? You are the ignorant thief who does not see anything wrong in Magu living in an “apartment” that cost your papa (if he pays taxes) and others a whopping N83million/yrs… as if that’s not enough, why did he disobey a presidential order as a law enforcement officer? I guess your stupified mind does not see it as insubordination to the C-in-C abi? Zombie, I follow talk’m mentality is your problem. Ibrahim Magu is not the only man/person who can fight corruption, he has been fighting a partisan war at best and should go jor. Nonsense! May Amadioha and Igbudu Abagana train-rape the ignorant village woman who brought your mumuish self into this world to disgrace the Igbo brand. Nkapia, Ofeke. Dirty stinking nwa nkpi with animal brains you are… can’t even think in isolation. Na nama go crush you to death this coming 2017, you deserve it. Aschleker. Penner!

        • Emeka

          Sorry I can’t communicate with an illiterate who doesn’t know where and when to use verbs, adverbs, adjectives or put right adverbial phrases, so it’s a waste of time for me. I would rather reserve my comments for sound minds and not half baked moron like this malfunctioning robot. Sorry, I pass!!

          • Höly Wähala

            Moron, but you responded to my comment to draw the fire I used in levelling you, didn’t you communicate to an “illiterate” then? Pandering to the crowd does not sort the fact that you are a village zombie seeking silly attention by loitering under my moniker. Punk, never let me catch you around my iconic moniker again, I know iTouts like you love to bask in my limelight but if ever I catch you… you’ve got my foot coming for your akpu-blocked anus until you cough shiit through your loudmouth. Moron, where I teach no one in your entire LGA (including you) would gain admission even if the cut-off mark were reduced to 10pts. Useless, jobless asshole… run back to your cave before I lose it on you. Nkapia!

          • serubawon70

            pls go easy on whatever you take. it is not helping. your mental health may deteriorate further

          • peter

            holy wahala. please reserve some of the cheap drugs for later. this is dry season, madness is always very difficult to handle.

  • Fada4Life

    Power play well will it end

  • khalil

    Has wahala lost his marbles?

    • duwdu

      Lol.

      P34c3
      ……..
      …..

  • Taiwo

    We have to be fair to the president. If he doesn’t remove Magu, where will he find money to contest the 2019 election?

    • serubawon70

      from dasuki

    • Riltin

      Magu is a goner, Aso Rock will make a formal announcement to the effect after the New year festivities.

  • Rick Eson

    This is the time for PMB to proof he has not deviate from who he is, a man of integrity, fearless and determination to achieve promises made. Efcc without Magu is a compromise to the corruption looting bandwagon.
    First time we`ve got a man fearless, patriotic and fully committed to ensure we get all the looters to cough up all they loot, Great anti corruption drive with great focus. Magu plus Buhari great combination to wipe out the corrupt and the looters from our land.
    The corrupt and looters are not different from boko, both has impacted immensely on our Nation and our Citizen. Both commit the same crime. We must get rid of both of them to realise the Nigeria we all dream of as a patriotic citizen. It is time the citizen consider the looter’s, the corrupt and those with questionable character as enemy within and
    working again us and the future of our children and our great Nation. Put them in hall of shame. My commendation to the Senate and hope they make it feasible to make immunity a prehistoric and eliminated.
    Immunity existence make the anti corruption drive laughable and infeasible.

  • Gerald Okoduwa

    In the first place, why should it be Malami to probe Magu? Malami is said to be part of the cabal fighting to edge out Magu for failing to dance to their tune. His investigation may not be honest.

  • Tori Osa

    If he was sacked, the FG will release a statement,Period. Stop all these media madness.

  • NwaIgbo

    Magu is not going any where as the “legislootors” are already salivating for 2017 budget which is meant for 180 millions Nigerians.