Ibrahim Magu, the famous hunter who is now hunted and captured. He was the shining light among his brethren. The pillar in the family. Among some favoured Nigerians who can boost of changing jobs and climb to the top of the lather. He was successful accountant. In fact he served in various Ministries and Departments in the Borno State Government as an Accountant and rose to become a Zonal Accountant before he voluntarily resigned. Then he joined Nigeria Police Force, as a Police Officer as an Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1990. He was the Coordinator, Nigeria Police Building Society before moving on to Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigeria Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) where he served as a team leader in charge of Financial Crimes, Money Laundering and Advance Fee Fraud investigation.
Monday, 5th July, Nigeria’s N0 1 spymaster, Ibrahim Magu was intercepted in traffic in Abuja, by the Department of Security Services, DSS and driven to the presidential villa under still veiled circumstances.
News that Magu was arrested sent the country in a frenzy of debates for a couple of hours until the DSS diffused the tension by issuing a statement that Ibrahim Magu was only ‘invited’ and not arrested.
Those in the know of the workings of the DSS, argue that an invitation by the security agency is actually an arrest. By the morning of this report, news frittered out that the embattled crime Czar was held in custody overnight at the Force CID, Area 10 in Abuja on orders from above.
Ibrahim Magu has been in a long battle of wills with the Attorney General of the federation, Abubakar Malami. The AGF had a couple of weeks ago, accused the EFCC boss of corruption and insubordination.
Emerging reports have revealed that the Malami vs Magu battle line is a result of a high level powerplay which has spanned many years.
It will be recalled that the 8th senate led by Bukola Saraki refused to confirm Magu as substansive EFCC chairman based on a report from the DSS which allegedly accused Magu of fraudulent activities.
His nomination was rejected by the majority of the senators present at the plenary after it was put to a vote.
Magu’s rejection by the Senate followed the receipt of another letter from the Department of State Services (DSS) which stated that the acting EFCC chairman would be “a liability to the anti-corruption fight of the present administration”