DSS denies arrest of EFCC acting chairman

July 7, 2020
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Department of State Services (DSS) has denied arrest of  Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

The media had reported that the Acting Chairman of EFCC was arrested by DSS.

But, DSS in a statement issued by his spokesman spokesman, Peter Afunanya said that the Acting Chairman of EFCC was not arrested.

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The statement reads,”The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the public that it did not arrest Ibrahim MAGU, Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as has been reported by sections of the media. The Service, has since, today, 6th July, 2020, been inundated with enquiries over the alleged arrest.”

But, another report revealed that was invited before a panel probing the activities of the agency.

The panel is said to be sitting at the Banquet Hall wing of the Presidential Villa.

Magu was stopped in traffic while moving out of the Wuse II Annex of the EFCC in Abuja and the invitation was extended to him.

Although Magu was on his way to the Force Headquarters, he pleaded with an officer from FCID who met with him to honour the scheduled appointment.

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But he was told the invitation by the panel was more important.

At about 1.35pm, Magu arrived at the Villa where he was ushered into the wing.

As at Press time, Magu has been joined at the Villa by his lawyer, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo.

A source said: “Both Magu and Jacobs are now in an office in the Banquet Wing of the Vila.

“He has not been arrested by any of the security agencies. We are awaiting further development. ”

The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), had recommended to President Muhammadu Buhari the sacking of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu.

Malami, in a memorandum to the president, anchored his recommendation on several grounds “raging from diversion of recovered loot to insubordination and misconduct” by Magu.



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