Presidency: Buhari Has not Sacked Magu

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Tobi Soniyi in Abuja

The Presidency has denied a report that the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has been removed. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina told THISDAY that President Muhammadu Buhari has not issued any directive for Magu’s redeployment to the police.

Following a report by the Department of State Security Service (DSS) accusing Magu of alleged corrupt acts, Buhari directed the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN to investigate top officials accused of corruption.

Adesina said Malami has yet to submit his report on Magu to the president and therefore the president could not have taken a decision on Magu. However, a Ministry of Justice’s source told our correspondent that ‎the minister had last Friday submitted a report on Magu to the president. “The president may not have read the report,” the source added. Another source said the AGF might have recommended that Magu be relieved of his job. This, however could not be confirmed as the AGF was not available for comment.

Staff of justice ministry also said Magu was sighted at the Attorney General Office last Friday. ‎The Senate had refused to confirm Magu as EFCC chairman. The Senate cited a report from the DSS‎ which accused Magu of unproven corrupt acts. EFCC under Magu made tremendous efforts to recover stolen funds and to prosecute top officials involved in stealing.