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The DSS reportedly arrests Ibrahim Magu Acting EFCC President for alleged embezzlement


Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the EFCC Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, was arrested by officials from the Department of State Services (DSS).


Ibrahim Magu, who was arrested Monday, July 6, is currently being questioned at DSS headquarters on Aso Drive. Magu was reportedly arrested on allegations that the commission was diverting some of the funds recovered from suspected looters by the commission.

It was learned that Magu's security details put up strong resistance during the arrest of its director.

Magu's arrest comes a few weeks after Abubakar Malami, the Federation's Attorney General (AGF), wrote a letter to President Buhari demanding Magu's removal.

Malami in his letter accused Magu of corruption that raged from the diversion of recovered loot to insubordination and misconduct.

He was arrested at DSS's Wuse II office on Monday afternoon and is now under interrogation at DSS headquarters on Aso Drive.

The DSS in a 2016 report revealed that Magu was living in an N40m mansion.

“In December 2010, the Police Service Commission (PSC) found Magu guilty of detrimental action to state security: retention of EFCC files, sabotage, unauthorized deletion of EFCC files and improper acts of a police officer, and gave him a severe reprimand as punishment.

“Magu is currently occupying a residence rented for N40m to N20m annually. This accommodation was not paid for [by] the commission's finances, but by a Umar Mohammed, the retired Commodore, a questionable businessman who was subsequently arrested by the Secret Service. "For the supply of residence, Magu recruited the Federal Capital Development Authority to award a contract to Africa Energy, a company owned by Mohammed himself, to provide the residence at the cost of N43m.

Investigations show that the acting Chairman of the EFCC regularly embarked on official and private trips via a private jet owned by Mohammed.

On one of those trips, Magu flew to Maiduguri alongside Mohammed with a bank MD that He was under investigation by the EFCC for complicity in funds allegedly stolen by the immediate past, Oil Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke.

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