We didn’t arrest Magu, says DSS/ Magu

The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied arresting the acting Chairman of the Economic and the Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, as reported in some quarters.

News of Magu’s arrest swirled across various media platforms on Monday. The development had generated heated controversies across social media platforms.

But in a statement, DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, said the reports of his arrest were not true.

He said: “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.

Also speaking, Magu’s special assistant on media, Tony Amokeode, said his principal was not arrested contrary to speculations but was only invited to answer questions regarding some allegations against him.

In the same vein, EFCC’s spokesman, Dele Oyewale, in a statement, said Magu was not arrested.

The statement read: “Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, on Monday, July 6, 2020, honoured an invitation by a Presidential Panel reviewing the activities of the EFCC, at the Banquet Hall wing of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“He was served the invitation to the Panel, while on his way to the Force Headquarters, Abuja for a meeting.

“The EFCC’s boss was neither arrested nor forced to honour the invitation.  A member of a legal team from the EFCC is also with him on the Panel.”

The development comes days after the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, accused the anti-graft czar of gross of corruption.

Magu has continued to operate in an acting capacity with the Senate refusing to confirm him as Chairman of the Commission after he was indicted of corruption by its committee.

The report had read: “Magu is currently occupying a residence rented for N40m at N20m per annum. This accommodation was not paid [for] from the commission’s finances, but by one Umar Mohammed, air commodore retired, a questionable businessman who has subsequently been arrested by the secret service.

“For the furnishing of the residence, Magu enlisted the Federal Capital Development Authority to award a contract to Africa Energy, a company owned by the same Mohammed, to furnish the residence at the cost of N43m.”