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New EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, begins clean-up of anti-graft agency, arrests errant staff

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has commenced what insiders describe as a massive clean-up of the agency “with the arrest of some officers allegedly involved in unauthorized leakages of official information and causing damaging reports based on false information to be published against the Commission by bloggers”.

The action of the officers is prejudicial to discipline and violates their oath of allegiance to the Commission, an official of the EFCC said.

Those already in custody include a management staff of the rank of director, some senior and lower cadre officers, including a former senior operative who was allegedly dismissed for corruption and involvement in cult activities.

An official of the commission said, “In recent times, the EFCC has been at the receiving end of negative reports by bloggers and mainstream media, targeting its leadership. The malicious reports have done untold damage to the reputation of the Commission.

“Available facts indicate that the staffers, who operated as a syndicate, were desperately projecting the management staff to take over the leadership of the Commission while attacking the integrity, professionalism and reputation of the EFCC.

“The management staff is believed to have rallied the others into the plot with the promise that he would see to the exit of all police officers (including those who recruited him) from the Commission, once he ascended “the throne”, as Executive Chairman.”

Our source said the investigation was still ongoing with a possibility of more arrests in the coming days.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that also being discreetly investigated were staffs against whom allegations of corruption have been made by members of the public.

The spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, could not be reached to comment for this story. He did not answer or return calls Thursday night.

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