- The suspended acting chairman EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, is in a fresh problem
- The probe panel would ask Magu to answer his links with Bureau De Change over N336bn, $435m
- Magu was suspended as the EFCC boss on Friday, July 10, by President Muhammadu Buhari
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The embattled suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, may have more problems to contend with as his probe continues.
Vanguard reports that the presidential probe panel investigating corruption allegations against Magu has started probing the relationship between him and a Bureau De Change based in Kaduna.
Legit.ng gathered that the newspaper said sources that the embattled EFCC boss who was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, July 10, is expected to respond to the discovery by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), that he allegedly has a connection with the said Bureau De Change.
Magu is also expected to explain what he knew about humongous sums of money discovered by the NFIU from a relatively unknown Lagos based pastor who was said to be his associate.
The NFIU was said to have also discovered another N28 million taken from the same Bureau De Change by a well-known Lagos based lawyer.
“From the issues before the committee, there are two big issues concerning Bureau De Change being allegedly linked to Magu in Kaduna and that Bureau De Change has been discovered by the NFIU to have transacted business in the region of N336 billion, $435 million and about 14 million Euros.
"There was another allegation against Magu that a relatively unknown Pastor in Lagos who was linked with Magu was discovered to have N573 million in his account. Also, there was a famous lawyer in Lagos, who took N28 million from the Bureau De Change,” the source was quoted.
It was revealed that some unknown people allegedly broke into the new office of the NFIU and destroyed computers containing certain vital and sensitive documents that could help in the investigation of the former EFCC boss.
The report said that some officials of the NFIU were said to have appeared before the Justice Ayo Salami panel, investigating Magu on Thursday, July 9, to clarify certain grey areas especially as relating to some accounts suspected to have been used to move money.
The NFIU officials it was gathered told the panel that by their operational protocols and procedure, they didn’t go about with such documents.
They advised members of the panel to visit their office on Friday, July 10, to sight the documents requested for.
It was, however, alleged that before the panel members got to the NFIU office on Friday, July 10, some unknown people had broken into their office, went straight to the room, where the documents were stored in the computers and destroyed them all.
Recall that the NFIU was the agency that investigated all the allegations of financial malfeasance against Magu, in addition to the fact that the agency was only recently severed from the EFCC. Magu appeared at the panel for the 5th day at about 10 am.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that following the ongoing probe against Magu, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, ordered the withdrawal of all police officers serving at the agency.
It was reported that Adamu on Friday, July 10, directed that all operatives were to be withdrawn from the commission.
Adamu's instruction was reported to be contained in a memo sent to the Assistant Inspector General (AIG), Police Mobile Force (PMF), PMF Squadrons one to 79, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
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