EXCLUSIVE: What Magu told Buhari on SSS allegations

EFCC  Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu
EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

In response to the query President Muhammadu Buhari ordered, the embattled acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, questioned the sincerity and motive of the State Security Service, SSS, which accused him of integrity deficiency and professional misconduct, official correspondence reviewed by PREMIUM TIMES showed.

The SSS’ allegations blocked Mr. Magu’s confirmation as the substantive chairman of the EFCC, twice, as the agency repeatedly advised the Senate to reject his nomination because he “has failed the integrity test and will eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption drive of the present administration.”

After the Senate first rejected Mr. Magu’s nomination by Mr. Buhari in December 2016, citing the allegations made against the nominee by the SSS, the President authorised the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to investigate the validity of the allegations.

President Muhammadu Buhari

In compliance, Mr. Malami, on December 19, asked Mr. Magu to “respond within 48 hours” to the SSS’ allegations.

In his response, on December 21, Mr. Magu said he considered all the issues raised against him and provided “point-by-point response.”

MISSING FILES AND DISMISSAL FROM EFCC

Mr. Magu admitted official documents relating to cases under investigation were found in his private home when raided “on the order of Farida Waziri when she succeeded Mallam Nuhu Ribadu as chairman of the EFCC.”

But in defence, he said at the time, he had not formally handed over to Umar Sanda, his successor, as head of Economic Governance Unit, and that carrying out his duty at the time was impossible without working from home.

“The documents found in my house were actually found in my office bag where I kept documents relating to investigations,” he said. “I was in the process of handing over and it would be wrong to suggest that I wilfully kept the Commission’s files at home.”

Following the raid on his home, Mr. Magu was placed on suspension without pay for 20 months during which the police investigated the matter, he said.

“But in the end, I was reprimanded, recalled and promoted to Assistant Commissioner of Police.”

He continued: “It is important sir, to draw your attention to the fact that some of us that worked closely with (Nuhu) Ribadu were victimised after his exit. And my ordeal was orchestrated as punishment for being the chief investigative officer for most of the high profile cases involving politically exposed persons some of whom became very influential in government at the time.”

Mr. Magu later returned to the EFCC upon the exit of Mrs. Waziri.

But the SSS said his “close working relationship” with Ibrahim Lamorde, Mrs. Waziri’s successor, indicated “his culpability in the allegations of corrupt tendencies of the Lamorde-led EFCC.”

Replying, Mr. Magu said it was “preposterous” for the SSS to allege he was recalled, in 2012 when he was serving in the Anambra police command, to do hatchet job for Mr. Lamorde.

“My job schedule as Deputy Director, Department of Internal Affairs, under Lamorde, was simply handling issues of professional responsibility in the Commission. I had no inputs in core operations duties of the Commission,” said Mr. Magu.

HOUSE RENT, EXTRAVAGANCE, CONTROVERSIAL TIES

Contrary to the claim by the SSS that the residence Mr. Magu currently occupies was rented for him by “a questionable business man” at N40 million for two years, with another N43 million to “lavishly furnish” the apartment, the acting EFCC boss said, “The entire cost for both two-year rent and the furnishing of the house is N39.628million.

Director General of SSS, Lawan Daura

“Details of the transaction are contained in the contract award letter and payment schedule which are attached to this letter.”

The SSS had claimed the house was gotten from Mohammed Umar, a retired air commodore, now being tried for money laundering and illegal possession of firearms.

Mr. Magu denied “penchant for air travels” in private jet belonging to Mr. Umar, but admitted he flew the said aircraft on two occasions: one, offer of ride from Kano to Abuja after an official assignment with two EFCC directors; two, when he was traveling to Maiduguri to see his sick mother.

“These, for me, were harmless gesture as we were both members of the presidential investigative committee on arms procurement. At the time I had no knowledge that he was under investigation for any alleged crimes,” he said.

He also denied he flew with the Managing Director of Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonwko, who is under investigation by the EFCC, to Maiduguri in Mr. Umar’s private jet, saying he had never flown in a private aircraft with any bank chief.

Further debunking claims he is flamboyant, he said in one instance he flew on a first class ticket with Emirate Airline to perform the lesser Hajj in Saudi Arabia, but argued that was not enough for the SSS to conclude he keeps extravagant lifestyle.

Moreover, he said he opted for first class because tickets for other classes had been sold out at the time, and that he funded the trip from his private pocket.

He did not disclose the cost of the trip for the pilgrimage, but the SSS said it was N2,990,196 (about N3 million).

He said his relationship with Mr. Umar was one of “professional acquaintance devoid of issues of conflict of interest” since their paths crossed when they became members of the arms procurement probe panel.

He said: “The claim that EFCC documents, including EFCC letters addressed to the Vice President and being investigation reports on the activities of Emmanuel Kachikwu and his brother Dumebi Kachikwu, were found in his home during a search by the DSS came to me as a surprise.

“If that is correct, he should be made to disclose how he came by such documents. I never discussed my official duties with him let alone give him documents pertaining to investigations being conducted by the Commission.”

RELUCTANCE TO ARRAIGN FORMER AIR CHIEF AMOSU

Indeed, among the suspects arrested over the arms procurement scandal, he (Adesola Amosu) was most cooperative. The Commission recovered N2.835billion cash from him, aside from property worth One Billion Five Hundred and Eighty-One Million Naira (N1,581, 000, 000), Two Million One Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars ($2,150, 000) and One Million Pounds Sterling (£1, 000, 000),” said Mr. Magu, explaining that Mr. Amosu’s arraignment was delayed because he cooperated with the EFCC in the process of recovery of proceeds of crime.

Since a key focus of the investigation was to recover as much proceeds of crime as possible, Mr. Magu added, the EFCC took its time to ensure it had recovered what was possible before arraigning the suspect in court.

“This had nothing to do with the wish of any individual.”

Mr. Magu also denied vendetta against Stanley Lawson, whom the SSS report described as one “working in the interest of the Federal Government.”

Diezani Alison-Madueke

According to the anti-graft chief, Mr. Lawson was arrested in relation to the investigation into the mismanagement of $118 million public funds for electioneering campaign involving former petroleum resources minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

Denying “a bid to settle personal scores” as SSS alleged, Mr. Magu said: “It was discovered that he (Mr. Lawson) made payment of $25 million into Fidelity Bank and also facilitated the purchase of Ogeyi Place Le Meridien Hotel in Port Harcourt for Mrs. Alison Madueke, for which he collected Ninety-Four Million Five Hundred and Sixteen Thousand Naira (N94, 516,000) as commission.

“Lawson was arrested and he made a refund of the N94.5million traced to him. He was never placed on any watch list.”

He also challenged the SSS to expose any EFCC operative “working closely with me” who is found to have indulged in unethical practices or living beyond legitimate means.

That was a response to the allegation that he uses police cronies who had acquired “a lot of landed property” to “execute operations” and “cover his tracks”.

The anti-graft chief then questioned “the fact that DSS authored two separate reports on me.”

PREMIUM TIMES saw the two SSS reports – one to the Senate and the other to the Presidency – released same day, October 3, 2016 and signed by one official, Folashade Bello, on behalf of the Director-General, Lawal Daura.

However, while the two reports discredited Mr. Magu, the one to the Senate asked that he should not be confirmed, while the other one to the presidency said, “it may be expedient to give him benefit of doubt and be considered.”

“The two reports emanating from the same agency raise questions of sincerity and motive,” Mr. Magu said. You will want to find out why they came up with two conflicting reports on the same subject on the same day.

“It is important to note that in all this, I was not given the opportunity of fair hearing.”

Following Mr. Magu’s response to the attorney general’s query ordered by Mr. Buhari, Mr. Malami reported back to the President.

Acting on the feedback and advice by the attorney general, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and the Itse Sagay-led anti-corruption advisory council, Mr. Buhari wrote back to the Senate in January, re-nominating Mr. Magu and clearing him of any wrongdoing in respect of the allegations by the SSS.

By re-nominating Mr. Magu and telling the Senate allegations against him were false, the SSS’ competence and capacity were challenged.

But the President did not query the SSS headed by his kinsman, Lawal Daura, over the service’s claims.

Consequently, on the eve of Mr. Magu’s confirmation hearing following the second nomination, the SSS wrote the Senate reaffirming its position that Mr. Magu lacked integrity and should not be confirmed, brushing aside the clearance from the Presidency.

With the SSS’ reaffirmation, the Senate again rejected his nomination.

While Senate President Bukola Saraki suggested that Mr. Buhari should replace Mr. Magu immediately, the presidential advisers on anti-corruption, led by Mr. Sagay, said the president should either re-nominate Mr. Magu for the third time or keep him in acting capacity “because he is the best man for the job”.

But many have accused the president of losing control of his own government in view of the SSS action, and questioned his sincerity about Mr. Magu’s confirmation.

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EFCC/EC/JUS/07/263 21st December, 2016
THE HONOURABLE ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION
& MINISTER OF JUSTICE
Federal Ministry of Justice,
Shehu Shagari Way,
Abuja.

RE: REQUEST FOR COMMENTS
RE: REPORT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE SERVICES

I most respectfully refer to your letter referenced HAGF/EFCC/2016/Vol.1/23 dated 19th December, 2016, asking me to respond within 48 hours to the allegations contained in a report written by the Department of State Service, DSS, and which provided the basis for the non-consideration of my confirmation on December 15, 2016, by the Senate.

2. Having carefully considered all the issues, I hereby present a point-by-point response as follows:

i. Missing EFCC Files
It is true that my residence was searched on the orders of Mrs. Farida Waziri, shortly after she succeeded Mallam Nuhu Ribadu as Chairman of the EFCC and some documents relating to cases under investigation were found in my house. At the time of the raid, I was yet to formally hand over to my successor, Umar Sanda, as head of the Economic Governance Unit.

My schedule at the time warranted that I work round the clock and it was impossible to conclude all assignments without working at home. The documents found in my house were actually found in my office bag where I kept documents relating to investigations. I was in the process of handing over and it would be wrong to suggest that I willfully kept the Commission’s files at home.

Nevertheless, the incident was thoroughly investigated by the police as I was placed on suspension without pay for 20 months. But in the end, I was reprimanded, recalled and promoted to Assistant Commissioner of Police.

It is important sir, to draw your attention to the fact that some of us that worked closely with Ribadu were victimized after his exit. And my ordeal was orchestrated as punishment for being the chief investigative officer for most of the high profile cases involving politically exposed persons some of whom became very influential in government at the time.

ii. Return to EFCC under Lamorde
I was Assistant Commissioner of Police in Charge of Operations at the Anambra State Police Command when I was recalled to the EFCC in 2012. I did not lobby to return to the EFCC. It is preposterous for anyone to suggest that I was recalled to do a hatchet job for Lamorde as alleged in the DSS Report. My job schedule as Deputy Director, Department of Internal Affairs, under Lamorde, was simply handling issues of professional responsibility in the Commission. I had no inputs in core operations duties of the Commission.

iii. Tenancy of My Official Residence
I live in the official residence of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). This accommodation, contrary to the report of the DSS is not my private home, neither was it rented and furnished for me by Commodore Umar Mohammed (rtd). It was rented and furnished by the Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory through the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, under the safe house scheme.
It is also false that the house was rented for N20million per annum and furnished for N43million. The entire cost for both two-year rent and the furnishing of the house is N39.628million.
Details of the transaction are contained in the contract award letter and payment schedule which are attached to this letter.

iv. Expensive Air Travels
Honourable Minister, the claim that I have a penchant for expensive air travels in a private jet belonging to Commodore Mohammed is baseless The two times I can recall travelling in Commodore Umar’s aircraft, were on a trip from Kano to Abuja, and Abuja to Maiduguri. In the first instance, I had gone to Kano on an official assignment with two of my directors, and Mohammed who was on his way back to Abuja offered us a ride in his jet. The second occasion was when I was going to see my sick mother in Maiduguri. These, for me, were harmless gesture as we were both members of the presidential investigative committee on arms procurement. At the time I had no knowledge that he was under investigation for any alleged crimes.

Claims that I flew in Mohammed’s jet to Maiduguri in company of the Managing Director of Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonkwo is false. I have never flown in a private aircraft with any managing director of any bank let alone one that was under investigation by my agency. I have no personal relationship whatsoever with him.

v. High Profile/Dual Lifestyle
The allegation that I live a flamboyant lifestyle is also surprising to me. While it is true that I did travel first class on Emirates Airline to Saudi Arabia for Umrah, this action to the best of my knowledge, did not contravene the directive of Mr. President on First Class travels as suggested by the DSS Report.

My trip to Saudi Arabia was a private journey to perform my religious obligation and it was not financed with public funds. More importantly, my decision to fly first class was not borne out of quest for luxury but compelled by necessity. The trip was made during the last ten days of the Ramadan and other classes of ticket were not availbale.I had no other choice

That I flew first class in one instance is not enough evidence to suggest an extravagant lifestyle as alleged by the DSS Report. It is also not enough to suggest a dual personality. Any one that has associated closely with me will attest to the fact that I am not known for ostentatious living. And my new office as acting chairman of the EFCC has not changed this.

vi. Mutually Beneficial Relationship with Commodore Mohammed Umar (rtd)
Sir, it is important to situate my relationship with Commodore Mohammed Umar (rtd), in proper perspective. Our paths crossed when we became members of the Presidential Committee on the investigation on arms procurement. He was instrumental in getting some of the information that helped the committee to make significant breakthrough in its assignment.

Beyond that, the relationship between Umar and myself is one of professional acquaintance, devoid of issues of conflict of interest. So, it comes to me with shock, the imputation by the DSS that we have a “mutually beneficial relationship”. This appears suggestive that Mohammed and I were involved in activities that could be said to be untoward. I certainly have no knowledge of such activities.
The claim that EFCC documents, including EFCC letters addressed to the Vice President and being investigation reports on the activities of Emmanuel Kachikwu and his brother Demebi Kachikwu, were found in his home during a search by the DSS came to me as a surprise. If that is correct, he should be made to disclose how he came by such documents. I never discussed my official duties with him let alone give him documents pertaining to investigations being conducted by the Commission.

Interestingly, Mohammed was detained for several months by the DSS. In all those months, did he claim that I mandated him to commit any crime or that I was an accomplice to any crime? If there is any such claim, I will wholeheartedly like to be confronted with the allegation.

It is interesting to note that when Mohammed was eventually charged to court, the charges against him were money laundering and illegal possession of firearms, and nothing related to my purported “shady” relationship with him.

vii. Perceived Reluctance to Arraign Vice Marshall Adesola Amosun
The DSS Report that the reason EFCC delayed the arraignment of a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Adesola Amosun, was because Mohammed never wanted Amosun to be prosecuted is astonishing. Anyone familiar with the EFCC under my watch knows that I perform my duties with the highest sense of responsibility. The reason Amosun was not arraigned when the likes of Alex Badeh and Umar were arraigned was because he cooperated with the Commission in terms of assisting the process of recovering the proceeds of crime.

Indeed, among the suspects arrested over the arms procurement scandal, he was most cooperative. The Commission recovered N2.835billion cash from him, aside from property worth One Billion Five Hundred and Eighty One Million Naira (N1,581, 000, 000), Two Million One Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars ($2,150, 000) and One Million Pounds Sterling (£1, 000, 000).

Since a key focus of the investigation was to recover as much proceeds of crime as possible, the Commission took its time to ensure it had recovered what was possible before arraigning the suspect in court. This had nothing to do with the wish of any individual. Moreover, the suspect has since been arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction.

viii. Alleged Vendetta Against Stanley Lawson
The suggestion by the DSS Report that Stanley Lawson, a former Group Executive Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was placed on a watch list, to settle scores with him is strange. It may interest you to know that I do not know Stanley Lawson personally and could not be settling personal scores by framing somebody that I do not know.

Lawson’s encounter with the EFCC is in relation to the investigation into the mismanagement of $118million public funds for electioneering campaign involving former petroleum resources minister, Diezani Alison Madueke. It was discovered that he made payment of $25million into Fidelity Bank and also facilitated the purchase of Ogeyi Place Le Meridien Hotel in Port Harcourt for Mrs. Alison Madueke, for which he collected Ninety Four Million Five Hundred and Sixteen Thousand Naira (N94, 516,000) as commission. Lawson was arrested and he made a refund of the N94.5million traced to him. He was never placed on any watch list.

ix. Work through Police Cronies in EFCC
I do not understand what the report meant by working with cronies. If what was implied is that I have preferred officers that I work with and who go about their work in unethical manner, my response is that nothing of such exists in the EFCC. Officers who work with me know that the easiest way to lose your job is to be found to be involved in unethical or corrupt activities. Indeed, when I assumed office as acting chairman, my first action was to return police officers with integrity issues back to the Nigeria Police Force. If the DSS finds that there are police officers in the EFCC who are working closely with me and have properties that their incomes cannot support, the Service is at liberty to expose them.

3. Conclusion
Honourable Minister, Sir, I invite you to take notice of the fact that the DSS authored two separate vetting reports on me, one referenced SV.114/3 addressed to the Clerk of the National Assembly and the other referenced SV.114/3 addressed to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate). Both letters were dated 3rd October, 2016, and signed by the same Officer, Folashade Bello, on behalf of the Director General. While one of the reports advised the senate against my confirmation, the other asked it to favourably consider my confirmation. The two reports emanating from the same agency raises questions of sincerity and motive.

You will want to find out why they came up with two conflicting reports on the same subject on the same day.

It is important to note that in all this, I was not given the opportunity of fair hearing.

Above all sir, I am persuaded by my conviction in my innocence that in all the issues supposedly raised against me, no one has accused me of receiving gratification to act against my conscience or the interest of the country.

I have attached to this letter all supporting documents and materials that would enable you arrive at fair position on all the issues raised.

4. Be assured of my usual respect and highest consideration.

IBRAHIM MAGU
Ag. EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN


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  • Sam

    I don’t know the integrity of this man, but it seems some people are scared of him. Or may be they are just doing their jobs.

    • soulchild

      Yes they are certainly doing a very good job of looting at the Senate, and they don’t need someone like Magu being a cog in the wheel.

      This is a classic case of asking armed robbers to vote to appint Kyari in the police as inspector general!!!!!

      • Peter_Edo

        kyari will fark people up!!!

  • marig

    It is clear that the head of dss is conniving with some very corrupt and highly connected looters to have Magu replaced. They want their man running efcc just as Ribadu was replaced by mrs Waziri.

  • Mark Benny

    Perfect, We all already know why he was not confirmed, he has shown how dogged he can be without giving a hoot about whose toe he steps on, the men in the red chamber know what that means.

    I suppose he can remain in acting capacity and still unleash their most horrible nightmare in broad day.

    Truly speaking, with all the allegations, why has DSS before now not submitted a report that he be investigated? why only when he was nominated?

    • Du Covenant

      My broda, Nigeria is a very messed-up country. I do not see Magu as a corrupt person or a danger to our national security. It is unfortunate we do not support good people in Nigeria, instead we choose to praise and celebrate criminals. I am curious what dossier does the DSS have on Saraki, remember he is the No.3 in our country considering the manner in which he became the senate President etc, he was a governor for two terms let us be honest with ourselves. Nigeria will never make any progress if this is how we do things. Of all the silly accusations on Magu, these will not have any impact on his ability to do what is just right for our country.

  • TC

    Is Buhari still the President?…..smh

    • abubakar yussif

      I think Buhari is dead they brought back a robot to rule on his behalf and they are keeping the remote. Buhari can no longer think 4 himself. It is high time the president knew that Nigeria is a collective entity and not Maman daura’s play ground so he should either sack Maman daura with immediate effect or face eternal disgrace

  • Gary

    I don’t see how going public with this official document does Magu any good after the fact. It is likely to have the opposite effect instead as further exacerbating the power play within President Buhari’s security apparatus and inner circle.
    Why did Magu not present this response or its detailed rebuttals at his hearing? Or as a smart investigator, get a heads up about the position of the DSS on clearing him before going before the Senate? He simply walked into an ambush without covering his flanks and came across as ill-prepared and defiant towards the body which will determine his fate. That self-righteousness and condescension towards other organs of government and public opinion remains the Achilles’ heel of Buhari’s political appointees in their approach to public service. They and effective governmence are now paying a price for it. Humility and how we relate to others is behavior most of us learn from childhood. The gang around the President, with the notable exception Yemi Osinbajo, seem to think that is a sign of weakness, instead of good manners.
    Next in line is Colonel Hameed Ali.

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      “”””as further exacerbating the power play within President Buhari’s security apparatus and inner circle”””” Inner circle, You got that right.

  • Opekete

    Daura must be sacked with immediate effect for questioning the judgement and the integrity of the president.

  • SayNo2Tribalism

    It is time Buhari exercises the toughness he is known for. It is clear the DSS and others (unknown) are undermining his authority.

    • Otile

      Yeah, it is time he beheads his own brother in the market square to please awon omo Odua.

  • share Idea

    The more Magu talks the more he exposes his corrupt and fraudulent nature. He said that he did not charge Amosu to court because he was cooperating. So EFCC now does the judge of the court and AGF. Magu without shame told us that he paid for first class even when this administration asked none of its appointees to fly first class.

    He flies in private of jet of Umar and does not see any problem with that. Let the kitchen cabinet of this administration keep fighting themselves so that the gullible will understand that this administration is nothing but drama and propaganda government

    • wode

      It’s important to be reasonable, objective and fair in opinion.

  • KAL

    “Above all sir, I am persuaded by my conviction in my innocence that in all the issues supposedly raised against me, no one has accused me of receiving gratification to act against my conscience or the interest of the country.” – Ibrahim Magu.

    This is my take away from his response. He has integrity and he flaunted it and surely nobody has accused him of receiving gratifications.

    • Romberg

      Did you read from the DSS report that EFCC documents were found on his friend, Mohamed?

      Where do you think his first class flight ticket came from? From his salary?

      • share Idea

        Pls don’t join issues with APC e-mob

  • PolyGon2013

    If I were Buhari, I would fire DSS head (Daura). He is undermining Buhari’s authority! If it would take retaining Magu as Ag to continue his good work, so be it.

    • Du Covenant

      I couldn’t agree with you more. I think the problem is with the DSS and not with Magu and I have a feeling there is something the DSS is very much afraid of should Magu be confirmed. It is all corruption fighting back!. No body can tell me that Saraki, Melaye and all those rogue ex-governors are sqeeky clean individuals!.

    • Romberg

      If someon didn’t quit the place how would you know anyone by the name, Magu? You just didn’t see that it is wrong to have replaced someone in his office and for the replaced person to hold on to official documents in the office where he doesn’t have the mandate to operate?

      You don’t know Magu does not earn N3m monthly salary and that it is beyond his means to buy a N3m flight ticket.

      You don’t believe he did anything wrong but you believe Fayose and Saraki are guilty?

      If we’d succeed in the fight against corruption, we need institutions like the DSS to help the nation. When you have material fact against someone, you don’t need to hear from him again. If you find the DNA test result showing your children were fathered by your friend, what explanation do you need from your wife and friend? The evidence are quite frighten. And I am dismayed that he admitted guilt in his response to all the issues.

      • PolyGon2013

        If you have the DNA of your son, and you leant that your father impregnated your wife, what explanation do you need from your wife and your father?

  • augustine akinyemi

    High time the President disposed of the services of this goatish-looking DSS man; if he doesn’t know, he should be told the hard truth that by his action he had exposed the President and the Commander-in-Chief to political ridicule. Did he really need to send his report first to the Senate without making the President aware of his reservation about his colleague; I just wonder about his loyalty to our President; someone needs to alert PMB he cannot afford to sleep with his eyes closed around Mr Lawan Daura. By the way, did the President direct this man to pay a visit to Chief Ibori on his return from the UK prisons? Or what is his motive causing all these embarrassment to the government? The APC leaders need to ask PMB what hold Lawan Daura has on him.

    • Otile

      Awon omo Odua a gbe yin oo. You people are awon ori ejo. What kind of dangerous treacherous tribe are you? Read over the advice all of you are giving Buhari, do you want him to kill Lawan Daura and replace him with a Yoruba man? See how you are pitting brother against brother in the name of ‘sophisticated’ advice. Buhari should ignore all of your unsolicited advice and do the right thing according to the constitution and according to the law of the land. Oh treachery.

      • augustine akinyemi

        It is inconceivable that a right-minded person will suddenly turn the present crisis that Nigeria finds itself into a ‘tribe Vs tribe’ issue, when what the DSS did was a clear case of insurbordination to his boss and appointee, a thing that cannot be permitted in a Presidential system. Calling the Yorubas treacherous over such a honest advice is quite lamentable and I doubt if this on-line ‘Mr OTILE’ is a Yoruba man and if he is, he had suddenly forgotten that it is the Yorubas that staked their lives for this democracy that many undeserved individuals are now benefiting from and surely we have a right to comment on the direction the nation is taking without being called names.

  • uOkwunna

    It is true that the present government are not fighting corruption rather they are fighting their political enemies but any one with an iota of conscience will agree with me that Mr magu has no moral jurisdiction to be in that office. First he worked under Nuhu Ribadu and noting good will ever comes out from any of Nuhu’s loyalist who during his tenure as EFCC chairman didn’t convict any of the governors he indicted of corruption rather he gathered all the incriminating evidence and handed the files to his boss who happens to be corruption personified which he is using to manipulate the ex-governor and ministers politically till date. Secondly Magu said he used the jet of a suspect to visit his sick mother in Maidugiri, that alone speaks volume of his relationship with corrupt Nigerians under investigations which directly or indirectly made him prone to compromises and dirty deals. Thirdly his recall by Larmode which we don’t need a sorcerer to tell us was due to his experience on an unethical professional jobs made him a tool and a beneficiary of Larmode’s unprecedented corrupt act. Finally but not the list was those files in his home when he knew that someone has taken over his job was a systematic way to bury the files after collecting his ransom from the culprit.
    So my submission is Mr Magu should leave that office immediately and should be arrested and prosecuted, if Mr Buhari refused to do the needful in this respect because of his personal relationship with Mr Magu he should face impeachment process.

    • Tijani

      In fact why didn’t Buhari have Looter Lamorde charged to court? Instead of charging him, Buhari hid him at Kuru. Fake anti corruption war

  • Yusufu Garba

    He should be replace by another person, because the issue is now politicise. I believed somebody who is better clean should replace him. We have many people of high integrity in the country.

    • Dawood

      Name these “people of high integrity” that you know. It’s Nigerians like you that allow the Sarakis of this world to get away with their crimes against humanity. The fact that NASS, a house full of criminals and thieves, rejected this man TWICE, means, in the eyes of Nigerians, he’s definitely the right man for the job. Buhari must choose : Magu or Daura. That Daura would still be part of his administration after embarrassing Buhari TWICE is beyond me. MAGU MUST STAY OR WAR ON CORRUPTION IS OVER!

    • Osazee Omoruyi

      YOU MEAN THE ONE THAT CAN BE COMPROMISED?

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    Let that Nigerian who can replicate Magu’s performance show his face. Nigerians dream of a better country but are not ready to quit enjoying corruption. PMB should keep him acting “ad infinitum” if the “Evil Assembly” masquerading as National Assembly continues their stall tactics. Magu is every rotten Nigerian’s worst nightmare and he should remain to give them hell.

  • Jumpingbrook

    This case is stock and complicated like his name, “Magun” id used to catch cheating spouse, now he Magu is caught in the web

    • otitokoro

      That is hilarious. Magun is Yoruba for don’t climb as in don’t mess with my wife.

  • persona

    The following people couldn’t find Magu’s letter to be short in accuracy:
    1- PMB
    2- VP
    3- AGF
    4- PACAC
    Of the 4 people/team, an army of lawyers who understand the veracity of what a defense should be, passed a resolution that Magu is good.
    Question is, what is PMB afraid of that DSS is ambushing him before Nigerians?
    Clearly, the DSS is yet to disprove all Magu put up as defense and that letter is a hatchet job.
    #BuhariWakeUp

  • Osazee Omoruyi

    THE SENATE IS DEFINITELY A THEATER OF SHAME.
    SARAKI,SENATE PRESIDENT- UNDERGOING TRIAL AND UNDER INVESTIGATION.
    HIS WIFE,UNDERGOING TRIAL AND ALSO UNDER INVESTIGATION.

    GODSWILL AKPABIO- UNDER INVESTIGATION.
    SOME GOVERNORS TURNED SENATORS,ARE ALSO UNDER INVESTIGATION.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENS WHEN THE ONES YOU ARE INVESTIGATING
    OR PROSECUTING IS THE JUDGE IN YOUR OWN TRIAL?

    CORRUPTION IS DEFINITELY FIGHTING BACK.
    NIGERIANS SHOULD WAKE UP!

  • Whatever the former Acting EFCC has to say is irrelevant to us. We await the nomination of a new EFCC chairman by the President.

    • You will wait till eternity, cos Magu will either be renominated or continue to act in acting capacity

  • adeade

    When Magu leaves office, we will hear the full dose of his stealings .. Lamorde was acting like a saint, didn’t he finally start running around when they caught him in the web too…It is well with my country….

    • xobrandi

      @disqus_dXGNNRPHYW:disqus

      . Is BUHARI the solution; or, the stumbling block to CHANGE?

      In the year 2014,
      federal government auditors found Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was mastermind
      who aided or and abetted heinous theft of ₦1.4 trillion as Governor of Central
      Bank. Till today, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has not been brought to answer criminal
      charges in any court. Those bleeding examples that Muhamadu Buhari is not
      fighting corruption with any sincerity of purpose. Muhamadu Buhari, in fact, took
      office with no anti-corruption plan at all. He formed a committee of time-wasters in
      2015 led by Professor Itse Sagay, charging it to come up with a plan. But nobody
      in Nigeria has seen a resulting plan by Professor Sagay’s shambolic committee
      or said corruption has been successfully tackled in the country in consequence
      of that statuesque committee.

      Within 60 days of
      taking office as president, Buhari wangled one billion Naira from the Central
      Bank and stuffed it into the pocket of his crony – Brigadier Buba Marwa
      without any executive council approval, but solely as Buhari’s one-man diktat
      over the cash assets of Nigeria; with a whisper and with Buhari’s forefinger
      firmly on his lips, signalling that secrets be kept secret.

      That first heinous decision in office burnt the borrowed robes of ‘integrity’ which
      few Nigeria’s un-thinking journalists had falsely dressed up Muhamadu Buhari in.
      That’s surely not the act of the apostles, that’s not the portraiture of a honest man
      of integrity – that’s rather the illustration of a reflexively corrupt president for sure.
      That’s why the Senate has said it will probe cash withdrawals by President Buhari
      from July to September 2015.

      • xobrandi

        …..(2) Is BUHARI the solution; or, the stumbling block to CHANGE?

        Within 60 days of
        taking office as president, Buhari wangled one billion Naira from the Central
        Bank and stuffed it into the pocket of his crony – Brigadier Buba Marwa –
        without any executive council approval, but solely as Buhari’s one-man diktat
        over the cash assets of Nigeria; with a whisper and with Buhari’s forefinger
        firmly on his lips, signalling that secrets be kept secret.

        That first heinous decision in office burnt the borrowed robes of ‘integrity’ which
        few Nigeria’s un-thinking journalists had falsely dressed up Muhamadu Buhari in.
        That’s surely not the act of the apostles, that’s not the portraiture of a honest man
        of integrity – that’s rather the illustration of a reflexively corrupt president for sure.
        That’s why the Senate has said it will probe cash withdrawals by President Buhari
        from July to September 2015.

        • Nonames

          “I am not an alarmist but I must warn that Nigeria is a tragedy waiting to implode.
          For the avoidance of doubt, a tragedy is a dramatic or literary genre in which the
          main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow, especially as a
          consequence of a tragic flaw, moral weakness, or inability to cope with
          unfavorable circumstances.

          I think, in all honesty, that Muhamadu Buhari personifies all the foregoing
          attributes of tragedy; he has derailed irredeemably and should resign. We
          have become so enamored with the phantom of “war on corruption” while
          everything in Nigeria has collapsed. Our economy, education, social cohesion,
          our institutions, and our security, have all collapsed at the altar of “war on corruption”.

          …………..Dr. Arthur Nwakwo

          (October 23, 2016)

    • ::????????

      @disqus_dXGNNRPHYW:disqus: PLEASE WHEN WILL EFCC BRING THE CASE
      OF $154 MILLION STOLEN FROM NNPC; AND FOUND HIDDEN INSIDE
      STERLING BANK BUT OFF THE OPERATIONAL ACCOUNTS, TO JUSTICE –
      SINCE THAT CONSPIRACY, ACCORDING TO REPORTS, INCLUDED THE
      ACTIVE CONCEALMENT OF THAT STOLEN LOOT OFF THE BALANCE SHEET
      OF STERLING BANK BY MR. YEMI ADEOLA – THE BANK’S MANAGING DIRECTOR.

  • Debaptist

    I stand with Magu on this. Buhari needs to clean up his house

  • Jimi

    Magu rejected, but Buhari very damaged politically. More and more evidence that he is not in control of his government and further confirmation that Idiagbon was the brain behind his government.

  • Lanre

    This country called Nigeria is a joke. Why are all the EFCC Officials mentioned here from the North? A case of Southerners are corrupt and can only be caught by Northerners?

    • Jayjay

      @disqus_oMAXjVRhNR:disqus Too much English will kill Nigeria. You people should talk straight.
      Buhari is useless. Full stop. No need for too much English. Buhari has not
      made any good impact on Nigeria. He made everything worse than he met it. See hunger in the land.
      See suffering. Is that what we call CHANGE? Please let’s call a spade a spade. Buhari is a big mistake.
      He has to go. He can only be a one-term president. Nigerians made a mistake to vote for such a person.
      Buhari is a tragedy on two legs. Look, since he came back last week Friday from London after 49 days
      of blood transfusion, what has Buhari achieved? Just mention one thing. Nothing! Buhari is waste of space!
      Does it mean he did not do any thinking at all when he was in London or what? He did not have any jotter
      where he wrote down any point or good idea that came to his head throughout 49 days?

      So what did he come back to do then? Why did he come back to Nigeria if he has nothing to offer?
      Since he came back a week ago the only thing we saw is that he took photo with the accused criminal called Bukola Saraki, where Buhari was smiling there like a eunuch. Is that a president – somebody taking photo with accused criminal (Bukola Saraki) who is standing trial in court for too many criminal offences. The way things
      are going Buhari’s ignorance will kill Nigeria. Since last year July Buhari put Nigeria into economic recession
      with this same ignorance. He does not know what to do to take Nigerians out of it. That means Nigeria will
      continue to sink into poverty of this economic recession for as long as Buhari is president. Is that what we
      want? Is economic recession what we voted for? Buhari and his APC are the two most useless things in
      Nigeria today. Both of them must go. No big English, please!

      • Facts & Figures

        Facts and Figures:

        • Smallest can of Baygon insecticide…………………………₦1,000
        • Rent of three bedroom apartment…………………………₦450,000 per annum
        • A 25kg bag of garri as staple diet…………………………….₦14,000 per bag
        • Petrol for six hours of private electricity……………………….₦60,000 a month
        • Cost of preparing soup for family of six………………………₦6,000 every two days
        • Ceeway drinking water …………………………………………..₦500 per gallon
        • School fees for a child in private school………………………₦2million per session.
        • Cost of two (2) newspapers a day for information…………… ₦15,000 per month

        • Arabakpura

          You are spot on with these figures; that of ceeway is alarming!

      • abubakar yussif

        For me I think I will wait a little if Buhari doesn’t fire Maman daura then he is a failure and a disgrace to his age and calibre.

        • DD

          God bless you. Daura is apparently bigger than Buhari in this government.

          • Tijani

            Lawal Daura is just trying to protect Buhari from the corruption of his wife and his vice president. Recall that it was Lawal Daura that arrested Umar and not EFCC?

      • Tijani

        You better calm down before you give yourself heart failure. Buhari knows full well that the CCT case against Saraki cannot succeed, have you forgotten that the trumped up forgery charges against Saraki and Ekweremadu were dropped? Buhari’s ONLY quoted public statement, since EFCC dragged Saraki to CCT on the lying midget Nasir El Rufai’s false evidence, has been that Saraki “should get himself a good lawyer”. Does that sound to you like a President that believes his Senate President is corrupt? And mind you, Buhari would have been shown every document and every file.

    • Arabakpura

      I have also thought about that! It looks like certain duties are reserved for certain people within the federation called Nigeria! There used to be the belief that northerners are more conservative in outlook that southerners and that’s why they have been associated with the security work, like the mai-guard but this is not so anymore!

    • Julius

      I wonder about that also. This has been going on for a very long time even Obj gave the job/position to a Northerner.

  • Romberg

    The case is easy. Even in his response, he admitted guilt in all the issues.

    Missing files: it’s evident there was a successor. Yet Magu chose not to hand over. If someone has taken over from you, why do you keep case files at home in the name of working on them? It’s perversion! What authority does he have to investigate or implement an investigation when someone else has taken over from him? He hid the files….doing deals on them. Up till tomorrow he has not come out to say what happened to those cases he claimed he’s investigating when he was caught.

    He also spoke about his punishments following that. The fact that he was readmitted to the police and not to the EFCC tells it all. He was not vindicated. The material fact of the case was and still is that he committed an official crime of perverting the course of diligent investigation and has compromised facts.

  • tunde008

    Corrupt Saraki is smarter than president Buhari period.

    • JP

      Tunde I am sure you as smart as Saraki and as corrupt as him. You deviated from the main issue and beclouded with either emotion or the pains of the emergency of leadership of NASS in 2015. I am sure when the same DSS raided the Judges houses you were celebrating the SSS for job well done but today SSS is corrupt because of Magu. My friend let Magu, DSS and PMB solve their problems and re-forward Magu’s name to NASS. Saraki and the remaining 108 senators CANNOT stop the confirmation. Finally your statement “Corrupt Saraki is smarter than president Buhari period” is an insult to PMB who is old enough to father you.

    • Julius

      Bro, you know that criminals are street smart but, they always out-smart themselves in the end. They always lose and Saraki will lose this game he is playing at the end.

  • Arabakpura

    Magu has his own problems but he has built a momentum that needs to be consolidated on! If not that President Buhari reports to the DSS, this issue would have been resolved in house and not give the hawks at the senate a reason to do their wish!

    • Mikogo

      You are so wrong. If his integrity is in doubt in whatever ways, no matter what he as built or achieved in regards to the anti-corruption fight he should not be confirmed. We need a person with uncompromising integrity to lead that agency. Lets be true with ourselves, Mr. Magu flew a private jet belong to Mr. Umar on two occasions. Ask yourself, can you give out you give out your car to a co-worker without having a strong tie with him/she? Mr. Umar is being tried for money laundering and illegal possession of firearm by who? Mr. Magu. Mr. Umar will go scotfree.

      • Arabakpura

        Where is the Nigerian with these credentials?

  • Africa

    Corruption surely fights back but 40 million Naira for rent/furniture for two yearS? Haba…Nigeria is doomed.

  • Mama Kay

    Whatever his faults may be, Magu is doing a very good job and he should be left to carry on. All the haters know what they can do if they are not happy with his job.

    Sad to admit, but you will have to line up one million Nigerians to find ten that are not stained one way or another with corruption. From cheating when you are selling goods, to changing the price you paid for something when sent on errands, from the fake miracle workers to the fake sick people cured, and the list goes on.

    So, personally speaking, from the success of Magu getting back some of the stolen commonwealth, he should carry on with the job.

    • Gary

      Since he’s so good and indispensable, don’t you think Magu should be given the position for life? Considering that you say he’s about the only honest Nigerian left in the country.
      I don’t know about you but I can claim integrity and I haven’t abused the civil rights of suspects nor ignored court orders granting bail to detainees I don’t engage in media trials or smear the reputations of persons of interest before they ever charged or brought to trial. Nor have I claimed willful ignorance of a sketchy arrangement for a prohibitive rental of an official residence that is linked to an officer I insist is merely an acquaintance but has offered me a ride in his private jet. The same officer, suspected of engaging in blackmail, was found with classified files that should never have left the office.
      So there you have it, I will gladly wager my integrity against Mr. Magu’s. And I dare say I’m not the only one.
      Too often folks get away to make saints of ordinary men. As is often the case, there are three sides to every disagreement: your side, my side and the truth.

      • Mama Kay

        You have outlined all you have not done, now search yourself for the things you have done that wouldn’t pass an integrity test.

        Of all the people who have headed EFCC, only him and Ribadu have been able to get any refunds for the government. Nigerian institutions stink of corruption and pretending that is not the case is simply outrageous.

        Yes, I stand by Magu to continue to harass the looters.

      • Tijani

        Gbam.

    • Keen Observer

      Yeah I think I share in your views brother; the SSS should allow Magu do his job. I smell a rat in the way SSS is handling this whole issues while PMB seems hapless.

    • Tijani

      Such a good job at loot recovery that he cannot recall or state, or account for the amount of loot he has recovered. Pathetically incompetent.

  • DD

    Buhari is not in control of his government. QED!

    • Romberg

      If he was? Will he bury the evidence against Magu just because it is Magu?

      • DD

        If he was, Daura would not have the audacity to send another letter to the Senate after Buhari had thought the original allegations weak enough to re-nominate Magu.

        By the way, I voted Buhari and still support him, but the truth must he said. The earlier he takes charge the better. Otherwise Daura and the other weak links in his kitchen cabinet will ruin his government and his legacy.

        We all accused Jonathan of being too weak to fire non-performing officials, but Buhari is taking that to a new low.

        • Romberg

          The DSS wrote the letter not Daura. The facts are clear!

          Magu kept official files without a mandate or the authorisation to do so. He has had a replacement for goodness sake? Why should he hold on to the file?

          Are you saying Buhari should change that material fact – that Magu stole case files and compromised investigation?

          Did you read his response to N40m rent and N3m flight ticket? What will Buhari have changed in these?

          • DD

            Read what you wrote man. “DSS wrote the letter, not Daura? So Magu also held a gun to Buhari’s head to re-nominate him to the Senate??? Na wa for you o.

          • Romberg

            That tells you about Buhari’s incompetence. Same was he is with the economy, health and education….

            In good climes, Magu should not have been nominated, not even once!

          • DD

            Yaawwwn…you’ve realized the lack of logic in your argument at last.

          • Romberg

            Seriously? Are you for real?

          • Tijani

            Lest we forget, it was Fake Pastor Fake Professor (No PHD) Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that nominated Magu the first time, during Buhari’s ear infection medical vacation, and Fake Pastor again that sent Magu’s second nomination. For all we know, Osinbajo may be forging the president’s signature.

          • Romberg

            Not quite! I am more worried that not a single person from Southern Nigeria has been allowed to head the EFCC. Buhari has perpetuated himself and his northern oligarchs in every harm of government.

            More shameful also, the two agencies are in the presidency. Buhari knowingly forwarded a man who did not pass security scrutiny to the senate. What does he want expect the senate to do – to ignore the security report against Magu just because he is Mr Magu from the north?

            Buhari is not competent. Even if Osinbajo has forged his signature, what stops him from exposing Osinbajo now? Anyways he is incompetent; how does he know how to react to impersonation and forgery?

            By the way, Magu has always been a PDP guy. Buhari should have known this very easily.

        • Julius

          Would you have been happy if you find out later that he buried the letter/evidence against Magu just because he wanted him for the job? Mind you, I’m also with the president on this but, I will be one of the folks yelling if I found out he did bury the letter or stop the letter from being presented to the Senate. We all know what’s going on here. Let the president keep him on in an acting capacity. There is nothing that the Senate can do about it. Let him stop playing their silly games.

          • Romberg

            Even if he is such a moral deficit like Okiro? You are better than this Julius. Magu is not the best Nigerian. Let’s give another person a chance.

            Read the accusations by the DSS and tell me whether you are convinced that Magu has vindicated himself with the response he has given.

            To me, he has not.

          • Julius

            To be honest with you, I do not see any of them better than Magu and the ideal that the Senate is rejecting somebody with those accusations by the caliber of their character is the height of hypocrisy ! . Saraki. Ekweremadu has no moral business screening anybody for anything period .

        • JOHN

          So DSS or the senate should not perform its constitutional responsibilities? It is corruption to blame either DSS or the senate. Blame the corrupt Magu, pmb and the wrong adviser Sagay

  • Mr Truth

    Mr President should know that those who involve in corruption are always patient. They can endure while applying different measures to get what they want. They have patiently planted the seed of evil against your anti-corruption war. The seed seems to be growing. Mr President, if you don’t destroy the seed early enough, it will grow up to ruin your reputation and your anti-corruption drive. Please remember that history is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man. Again, People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them. Be guided Sir.

  • Keen Observer

    That’s what happened in a govt crowded with relative, kinsmen, cronies & old school pals @ the center.
    Reviewing the trends established from GEJ’s clueless & most corrupt PDP govt, PMB’s barely 2 years regime is WORST; GEJ awarded lots of juicy oil & gas contracts / projects to his kinsmen & war lords which in turn makes his govt very weak & laden with CORRUPTION & INEPTITUDES when probity/ accountability is desired most. But GEJ will choose to just smile or fire whosoever tends to raise alarm (as was the case of former CBN gov-Sanusi) while lots of his cabinet members were leeching Nigeria treasury dry.
    Coming to PMB who dangled so-called & fake CHANGE MANTRA with his ”symbolic APC broom ” as a key focus of his electioneering campaign cum administration. Nigerians in turn being tired of the same way of doing things by PDP (cycling round the same spot for over 16years e.g. power sector, railway system, NASS etc) were motivated by this ”APC Change Thing” massively voted out PDP for APC. But what do we have today in APC PMB being in the center of govt?
    Increased high level NEPOTISM (govt by relatives, cronies / pals & acquaintances like Donald Trump of US) which when rated is 100% worst than GEJ. Which way Nigeria???
    Except APC rationalism & gives VP Yemi Osinbanjo chance to try for the remaining 2yrs+ of it’s life line; APC definitely has failed Nigerians under PMB.

  • absam777

    All hail Alhaji Lawan Daura, the president of Nigeria by proxy.

    Poor Buhari has lost control but allow unelected member of his family to be holding down the destiny of a country all because their kinsman is ill and old.

    What is really wrong with the northerners and their crave for power without responsibility?

    • Katastofi

      @absam777:disqus

      Bukola Saraki and his errand boy Dino Melaye

      IT IS UNREALISTIC to expect Bukola Saraki will allow the Senate approve Ibrahim
      Magu as the substantive Chairman of EFCC. It is Ibrahim Magu who investigated
      and found out that Bukola Saraki is a career criminal who looted per second
      whilst in office as Governor of Kwara state so much that Bukola Saraki was
      found to have made 50 separate deposits into his private GTB bank account –
      without being a trader in public office. President Buhari did what he thought
      was necessary to persuade the Senate. Buhari asked the attorney-general to
      investigate the integrity issue raised by the SSS in its report to the Senate. The
      attorney-general investigated and wrote back to Buhari saying the integrity
      question is false. Buhari then attached the attorney-general’s letter to a fresh
      request by re-nomination of Ibrahim Magu as EFCC Chairman.

      The investigation report by the attorney general was attached and submitted to
      Senate President Bukola Saraki. The execrable, roguish and thievish Bukola
      Saraki quickly sprang into action, using his cat’s paw, called Dino Melaye who
      has no sense or gumption or behavioural evidence of good schooling to procure
      the exact same report of the SSS which the attorney-general investigated, got
      it dated anew and read it on the floor of the Senate, irrelevantly, as if it
      was in response to the attorney-general’s investigation. Whereas it wasn’t. And
      so, as a result of Bukola Saraki’s nigh-illiteracy on administrative procedure,
      the attorney-general’s un-contradicted report was suppressed so as to carry out
      the nefarious mischief all along intended by Bukola Saraki and Dino Melaye.

      • Tijani

        Saraki and Melaye are only 2 senators out of 109 senators. Find another excuse.

        • absam777

          Forget about Melaye. he is just the errand boy and apprentice criminal . His only value is do Saraki’s dirty work

        • GbemigaO

          Thank you. Even if the two worked against the candidate , who provided the weapon – PMB himself.

      • absam777

        Most of your assertions are correct, but the real new criminals on the block are Buhari’s kinsmen. They have been compromised all in the name of power.

  • Shuaib Haruna Gambo Gorondutse

    Going by the revelations from Mr Ibrahim Magu, the evidences available from the DSS correspondences with the Presidency and the senate chamber, I am compelled by decency and sense of justice to reduce my blame on the senate members whom I described as ” chimpanzee humans Ganila garb politicians ” to half and load the remaining half on the Director General of State Security Service, Mr Lawal Gyauro, for his onerous role of defaming Mr Magu thus denying him the privilege of becoming the substantive chairman of EFCC and by implications aiding the corruption flight to escape unchecked by the anti graft agency thereby reducing the efforts of the President Buhari’s led government resolve to fight corruption to be a laughing stock by the opposition and the corrupt cabals inside the government and outside it. The President Buhari as a matter of truth should do away with the obnoxious Lawal Gyauro from the Department of State Service to salvage his image as voices are rising high claiming that the President is on the bench of nepotism and he is relegating his presidential powers to the DSS chief without recourse to his non elective position as a mere policeman. Mr President Sir, show Lawal Gyauro the gate to serve as deterrence to others and to save your hard earned respect which is gaining momentum towards soiling at the moment until and unless you wake up!

    This is a sincere advice from the people who truly trust you and wish you success in your government.

  • GEJ FOREVER

    NOTHING SPECIAL ABOUT AN EXTREMELY CORRUPT & INCOMPETENT MAGU ….. EFCC IS NOT HIS BIRTHRIGHT … HE HAS BEEN THERE FORE TOO LONG …. LET HIM GO NOW

    Magu has been in EFCC since it was established … he obviously has been contaminated and carrying heavy baggage. Must he die in EFCC …. is EFCC Magu’s birthright? … is Magu the only Nigerian that can head the EFCC … Magu has been there for too long …. the need to inject new blood into EFCC cannot be over-empathized …. let’s end this Ribadu – Lamorde – Magu triangle in EFCC now …. let’s appoint new hands to revive and reinvigorate EFCC.

    By the way ….. why not use this opportunity to appoint a Southerner to head EFCC for the first time!

  • GbemigaO

    Let us assume that PMB did not want to discipline the DSS Head because of family affinity, that the DSS had the temerity to author another negative report against Magu after PMB re-nominated him again showed that something dangerous is going on within the government. Is he really the one ruling ? Is he under a spell or is he being blackmailed? Do they have something against him? How come he can’t control agencies working underneath him? Only God knows what else is going on in the country? Forget whatever we have against the Senate or their motive against Magu, PMB himself has not cleaned up his house and he gave the Senate a weapon to use against PMB .Moreover , it would have been foolhardy of the Senate to have confirmed someone that the security agencies have negative report on anyway .

    • whales1212

      It’s unbelievably annoying tbh

    • JOHN

      Are you suggesting that DSS is prevailed upon by pmb to compromise their security report on Magu?

      • GbemigaO

        Well, what else could I think is happening ? Why would the President nominate an official and an agency under him is writing against such person, not for the first time but twice; like you can re nominate 100 times but we will do our stuff no matter what

    • yinkuze

      That’s the point. Why on earth that the whole POTRON (President of the Republic of Nigeria) will nominate somebody and another appointee of the same POTRON produced a report rejecting him twice. Kai, u can try that with OBJ. Baba should use the big stick to whip DSS to line immediately. Am sad that these guys are embarrassing the President.

  • thusspokez

    …Mr. Malami, on December 19, asked Mr. Magu to “respond within 48 hours” to the SSS’ allegations.

    Only 48 hours to respond to very serious allegations, speaks volume: Mr. Malami is clearly not a neutral party in the matter.

    Mr. Magu might have been setup by Mr. Malami to fail to respond within the short time, and consequently, self-discredit himself in the eyes of the Nigerian public — which might well be what Mr. Malami had hoped for.

    • Gary

      Not really. Public officials in Nigeria have imbibed the military mindset of throwing their weight around and ordering subordinates to do things “with immediate effect” or “face the consequences”. Even Femi Adesina, whose job is to win public support for the President, talks down to the people and acts like Buratai. It’s the lingering effect of decades of military rule on the psyche of people who find themselves in the corridors of power.

    • Tijani

      How much time does Magu give those he is investigating at efcc to respond to allegations? Minutes. So the 48 hours as an excuse is nonsense. Too late anyway, the cat is out of the bag. Magu has not only incriminate himself, he has revealed, in naming names, the identities of the truly corrupt cabal besmirching the anti-corruption stance of Buhari with ethnic jingoism and stark insincerity. The architects of the witch hunts.

      • thusspokez

        How much time does Magu give those he is investigating at efcc to respond to allegations?

        Pardon me for not seeing the point of your question. EFCC investigation process takes more than 48 hours to years; and defendants have all the time they need to defend themselves in court — which in, most cases, can go for months and even years.

  • thusspokez

    Buhari might well be a patriotic Nigerian, but loyalty to family and friends trounces his patriotism and undermines what is good for Nigeria.

  • OLAYODE OLA JOSEPH

    Maguire will overcome all of them. They’re against Custom Boss because of their atrocities thinking they are fighting for masses. God will judge them

  • Tijani

    Astonishing revelations. Buhari now has all the evidence he needs to make Magu the first efcc chair that will be charged to court for corrupt practices. From accepting private jet freebies from a crime suspect, and accepting palatial mansions as inducements from Umar, a known man-friend of dem dem unchained mad dog identifiers, to helping fake pastor fake professor (no phd) Osinbajo and Aisha Halliburton of Za Oda Room bury Dumebi Kachikwu’s petrodollar scam. The revelations of the degree of interference Osinbajo and Sagay have indulged in is an eye-opener! This is the biggest test of Buhari’s integrity, and he is about to fail. But whether Buhari acts properly by sacking Magu or not, these documents, intended as rebuttal, shall certainly form the core of a future government’s case file against Magu and other members of Buhari’s administration, in a proper anti-corruption trial. What a spectacular own goal.

    • jibrilla

      just t help your poor head….you dont need a phd to be professor….Soyinka has a BA degree only to be prof…it is how rooted in research and productive you are

      • Tijani

        If that is so, then Soyinka is not a proper professor either

        • tunde008

          you be correct olodo

        • yinkuze

          Why are u displaying your ignorant in the open. Kai u need to go back to school. So to u a PhD is a prerequisite for a professorship?

    • OGK

      That’s how thick you are. It all shows in your grammar. Go and do a thorough check on Osinbajo. He is a solid intellectual who taught prominent lawyers of today. He became a lecturer at 23 and unlike your jonadaft, he attended renowned institutions. Be reminded that till today, Uniport has not had the temerity to bring out Jonathan’s Phd thesis. So, stop exhibiting your illiteracy on this forum.

      • Tijani

        He is not a proper professor though. Fact check.

      • Tijani

        Solid intellectual kini? Copy and paste fake professor

  • Tijani

    Even the cost of Umar’s private jet that Magu took (an inducement worth tens of thousands of dollars) to “see his sick mother” would have built a complete teaching hospital in the beleagured north eastern state of Maiduguri. This signed statement from Ibrahim Magu is corruption as its most brazen. Did Magu the illiterate that can barely write even write that word “preposterous” himself? Or did Fake Pastor Fake Professor Vice President Yemi Osinbajo write it for him as usual?…. Good thing Magu signed it, and ostensibly made it without any duress, fully admissible in any competent court of law. One can only wonder how Magu can boldfacedly accept a Transparency International/Global Witness invitation to speak on anti-corruption in UK while mired neck-deep in bureaucratic corruption! Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose. Disgusting.

    • YOMBO

      You can go and die if he continues dealing with your looting fathers on public office

      • Tijani

        You must be a scrounging looter of you think Magu flying on Umar’s jet is ok. Freeloading criminals

  • whales1212

    Do I need a prophet to tell me that Buhari has lost control? I don’t,this man is awful than I thought,how can a serious president who is truly in charge allow this kind of nonsense from dss?

  • JOHN

    Let Nigerians not over flog this issue. Senate rejected Magu’s confirmation because according to Senate spokesman Magu’s answer to questions during the hearing was unsatisfactory, the security report indicated that Magu is corrupt, lack integrity and would constitute a liability to the anti corruption drive. It will be the highest level of corruption should Magu perform any efcc role beyond that day when he failed confirmation, or the President ever renominate him. This is an opportunity for the President to nominate a southerner to head the efcc as other security agencies are presently being headed by northerners. Buhari’s government does not belong to northerners alone. There are southerners who are more competent that will achieve more if given the change. Ever nominating a Northerner again offends section 14, subsection 3 of our constitution and would constitute gross misconduct on the part of Mr President which is an impeachable offence.

    • brown charles

      Nonsense

      • JOHN

        Please grow up. Can you prove that I am wrong?

        • YOMBO

          May you die with your thieving folks and looters in the Senate in Jesus name. Amen

          • Matic

            My brother Yombo, this language is too heavy and ununworyth of this platform. I expect that we should be ready to disagree amongst ourselves intellectually and factually without unnecessary rancour and unlpaliamentary language.

            I support the view that the President should present another good Nigerian for the headship of EFCC. Magu is not a philosopher king. Why should the President continue to represent him out of the over 172 million Nigerians.
            I also support the position that it’s time the President recognised the Federal Character principle enshrined in our Constitution which he swore to uphold and appreciate the fact that he is the President other entire Nigeria and not of only the Northerners whom he has virtually given all the sensitive political appointments.

            What is happening to Magu cannot be called a PDP propaganda now and l believe that the allegations against him should be properly investigated and if he is could culpable he should be tried. Regards

    • absam777

      Absolute crap. Tell Saraki that sent you to write this rubbish that it is not over.We are watching him and his gang.

      • JOHN

        You just displayed your gross ignorance and bias on the subject. Can you with facts counter the truth that you call crab? Let’s read what you have to offer mentally.

        • absam777

          When I said your post is crap ( not crab, because Crab is delicious) it means that it is not worth more than one line to let you know. I will not waist my time debating your illogical reasoning.

  • burning spear

    Magu is a National Disgrace————————a thief and a drug addict—who must be investigated and sent to jail for life if found guilty——-Regardless of his fake gra gra—- The truth of the matter is that Magu took off with the case file of the 31 governors including that of Saint Tinubu—away—-That was after Ribadu had told the Senate about the 31 corrupt governors that he said stole their states blind———————Yet the only governor who was put on trial and jailed by Obj—was late Alams—an Ijaw man——————–while the remaining thieves from the Fulani North –south West—-and East—-were set free–by Magu and Ribadu————————–Today the same Magu and Ribadu both of whom—-failed to prosecute their Fulani masters—–ati Yoruba governors——are out there chasing Ijaw man Etete—–former oil Minister——–while Jubril Aminu a fulani who shared oil blocks as if they were balls of Akara-roam about freely in abuja——————Same goes to Rilwanu lukam who also owns oil rigs and wells in the South south—Nobody is investigating Danjumah who got his oil block from Abacha——the very Late Abacha who equally gifted Ijaw man Etete his oil block———————Why should an Oil well handed over to Etete–by Abacha in 1998—–become the subject of investigation from the era of Obj till date——? Whereas that of Danjumah which he sold for over $1b remains holy——-in d eyes of the Tripod——–Magu has too much drugs in his brain———and not fit for head efcc—————————————————-He is just using Ijaws like Deizani to cover his evil ways–for the Apes in APC——-Besides——Let him publish the documents found in his House————————on the 31 governors——Nigerians will be shocked to discover the truth of otherwise of this thief-called Magu—-a complete 419ner————————–Efcc has her own budget——Magu was not supposed to take money for his house rent and furnishing from FCT–or any individual——That act alone is the highest level of corruption—if not madness—————————-Separation is the only way out—instead of using Ijaws as his footstools—-to deceive Nigerians——-tribalism again abi————–d truth———nothing but the truth so let the Ijaw Nation Oooh God—Animals

    • YOMBO

      Go and die!

    • tunde008

      It was the US that did their investigation and have since dealt with their citizens ,fined the companies and jail the perpetrators.No tribal element like what you are insinuating here.You are too corrupt.

  • burning spear

    Magu is a National Disgrace————————a thief and a drug addict—who must be investigated and sent to jail for life if found guilty——-Regardless of his fake gra gra—- The truth of the matter is that Magu took off with the case file of the 31 governors including that of Saint Tinubu—away—-That was after Ribadu had told the Senate about the 31 corrupt governors that he said stole their states blind———————Yet the only governor who was put on trial and jailed by Obj—was late Alams—an Ijaw man——————–while the remaining thieves from the Fulani North –south West—-and East—-were set free–by Magu and Ribadu————————–Today the same Magu and Ribadu both of whom—-failed to prosecute their Fulani masters—–ati Yoruba governors——are out there chasing Ijaw man Etete—–former oil Minister——–while Jubril Aminu a fulani who shared oil blocks as if they were balls of Akara-roam about freely in abuja——————Same goes to Rilwanu lukam who also owns oil rigs and wells in the South south—Nobody is investigating Danjumah who got his oil block from Abacha——the very Late Abacha who equally gifted Ijaw man Etete his oil block———————Why should an Oil well handed over to Etete–by Abacha in 1998—–become the subject of an investigation from the era of Obj till date——? Whereas that of Danjumah which he sold for over $1b remains holy——-in d eyes of the Tripod——–Magu has too much drugs in his brain———and not fit for head efcc—————————————————-He is just using Ijaws like Deizani to cover his evil ways–for the Apes in APC——-Besides——Let him publish the documents found in his House————————on the 31 governors——Nigerians will be shocked to discover the truth or otherwise of this thief-called Magu—-a complete 419ner————————–Efcc has her own budget——Magu was not supposed to take money for his house rent and furnishing from FCT–or any individual——That act alone is the highest level of corruption—if not madness————Again how many–of such dubious acts—are yet to be known by the public—?—-Ribadu left without a hand-over note—on how much he collected from EU——Separation is the only way out—instead of using Ijaws as his footstools—-to deceive Nigerians——-tribalism again abi——-? Nay————–nothing but the truth so help the Ijaw Nation Oooh God—Animals

  • Joel Akhator Odigie

    I find it hard to comprehend the embarrassment the Magu confirmation brouhaha is causing our Presidency and nation. I mean, Presidency submits a candidate for confirmation and an agency answerable to the same Presidency sends a memo counter to the wish of the Presidency and now the nation is at sea? I worked to ensure this government cane to power to help salvage things, but not to institutionalise rudderlessness, confusion and disrespect. Baba must take charge and lead decisively and not sublet governance to unelectable characters.

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  • Impulse400

    I hope Nigerians are paying attention to the various defects of our system of Government called Democracy. It is sadly comical to see a group of 700 or so leaders being tricked about their duties, like puppets on strings, by Security Operatives, through rumor mongering classified as “Security Report”!

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  • Ebubedike

    Desperate,corrupt and power-hungry Magu has resorted to leaking official correspondence with the Attorney General to the press. Those were the last kicks of a drowned man.

    • YOMBO

      May you die with your corruption-ridden fellas and folks in the Senate. Amen

    • YOMBO

      May

      • kayefi

        US government unveils 16 Richest Politicians From Nigeria And Names Of US Banks They Stocked Public Funds They Stole.

        How Politicians Killed Nigerian Economy, Trump Reveals

        NAME*******BANK ***************AMOUNT
        1. Aisha Buhari. JP Morgan chase/ New York. $2.9 billion
        2. Col. Abubakar Lawal. American express/New York $2.5 billion
        3. Garba Shehu. Wells Fargo/ San Francisco. $2.3 billion
        4. Ahmed Idris. Citi group/ New York city. $2.1 billion
        5. Nadir El-rufai Citi group/ New York city. $2.6 billion
        7. Femi Adesina US Bancorp/ Minnesota. $1.9 billion
        8. Babagana Monguno financial/ Detroit. $1.8 billion
        9. Tukur Buratai. BB&T/ North Carolina. $2.9 billion
        10. Abayomi Olonishakin
        Citi group/ new York. $2.3 billion
        11. Sadique Abubakar. State street corporation & $1.9 billion
        12. Lawal Daura. Wells Fargo/ San Francisco. $2.4 billion
        13. Amina Zakari. Citi g!roup/ New York $1.8 billion
        14. Zara Buhari. Bank of America. $1.2 billion
        15. Habibu Abdulahi. US Bancorp. $1.7 billion
        16. Baba Haruna Jauro. Ally financial. $2.2 billion
        17. Umaru Dambatta. Bank of America. $1.7 billion
        Aliyu Gusau. Ally Financial. $1.3 billion
        Babachir David Lawal. BB financial. $978
        Babatunde Fashola. American Bank. $2.4 billion
        Chris Ngige. Northern Bank AA $2.7 billion
        Rotimi Amaechi. SSA Financial. $3.6 billion
        Abdulrahman Danbazau. UNITY BS. $2.6 billion
        Solomon Dalong. American Bank. $4.2 billion
        Lai Muhammed. Ally Financial. $1.3 billion
        Muhammadu Buhari. $3.2 billion
        Aisha Hadi Sirika. AA Financial. $976 million… what a shame. Sent as received.
        Over to PMB and EFCC.
        Forward this to as many Nigerians as possible, let Nigerians know how the wicked politicians robed us and led us to recession and hardship… Negative Change has Killed us.. Nigerian Youths Must Decide 2019…