Magu: DSS Faults Buhari, Stands By Indicting Report

THE Department of State Services has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari that the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, was fit for office.

President Buhari had in the letter re-nominating Magu cleared the EFCC boss of any wrongdoing.

He said the anti-graft boss is in tandem with anti-corruption war of the current administration.

However, a letter by the Senate to the DSS requesting for a fresh security report on Magu showed that the secret police did not share the view of the President.

The DSS, in s letter written to the Senate on March 14, nullified Buhari- clearance of Magu on corruption allegation.

The letter reads: -The security report being requested for Ibrahim Magu Mustapha, the nominee for the executive chairmanship position of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has already been submitted to the Senate via this service letter No. SV. 114/2 of 3rd October, 2016 containing fourteen paragraphs”

The letter was signed on behalf of the Director General of the DSS, Lawal Daura, by F. O. Adams.

The first one sent on October was signed by Folashade Bello.

The October letter indicted Magu of corrupt practices.

The EFCC boss, while speaking during the Senate plenary on Wednesday, said Adams is a fictitious name.

He insisted there is no such name in the DSS.

Buhari in January had said concerning Magu: -I have taken due note of the contents of the aforesaid resolution as it concerns the nominee, particularly the conclusion of the distinguished Senate not to confirm the nomination of Mr. Magu due to a security report on the nominee issued by the Department of State Services and addressed to the Senate via a letter dated 3rd October 2016.

-Upon receipt of this said resolution, I took administrative steps within the executive arm of government to ensure the speedy clarification of issues relying upon by the Senate in arriving at its decision. This steps included a request for the response of the nominee to the allegations contained in the report out of desire to ensure that the credibility of our anti-corruption campaign is not compromised or called to question.

-It is in the above context you will agree with me that there- a need to maintain a current momentum and capacity of the EFCC since May 29th, 2015. It is in the above context that I, therefore, request to grace your indulgence of this distinguished Senate to favourably accept my renomination of Ibrahim Magu Mustapha for the position of the EFCC Chairman, having received adequate clarification considering the matter relied upon by the Senate in arriving at its decision”

Magu has consistently denied all the allegation levelled against him by the DSS with proofs.

In the DSS report submitted to Senate, Magu was accused of living in a house paid for by a –corrupt” businessman.

He was also accused of extorting money – through a proxy – from suspects.