Presidential committee attributes Magu's 'arrest' to power play led by Malami/ Magu

The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) has attributed the reported arrest of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, to a power play in the presidency led by Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

NVS had on Monday reported how Magu was said to have been arrested by operatives of theDepartment of State Services (DSS) and Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) and consequently taken before a panel for questioning.

The development had come days after Malami accused the EFCC boss of corruption.

But in a statement by a member of the committee, Femi Odekunle, PACAC alleged Malami was trying to fight Magu using his influence.

The statement read: “This is a preliminary reaction of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) to the alleged ‘arrest’ of Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“The real information reaching us is that he was only invited to appear before a Panel set up not long ago concerning some alleged memo by Malami, Attorney General and Minister of justice, regarding some alleged malfeasance by Magu, along with nominations for his replacement.

“The alleged originating Malami memo, up to the current “arrest“ seems an outcome of power-play by power blocs in the corridors of power in which Malami appears to be an arrow-head or major agent of a power bloc that is not really interested in, or in support of, Buhari’s anti-corruption fight.

“One can recall the earlier non-confirmation experience of Magu by the 8th Assembly, orchestrated by a power bloc and supported by the DSS ‘Security’ reports. One can also note the non-resubmission of Magu for confirmation since May, 2019 despite the apparent willingness of the 9th Assembly to consider it this time around.

“Again, we cannot forget Malami’s demand of certain high profile case files from Magu which the latter has been resisting. It may not be contestable that Malami has been exploiting his alleged loyalty and closeness to the President for his personal/power bloc agenda. For, to the best of PACAC’s knowledge and observations, Malami has not manifested any genuine commitment to the anti-corruption fight.”

PACAC enjoined President Muhammadu Buhari to wake up to the “ongoing shenanigans of power players that are working from the inside against his anti-corruption fight”.