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Nigeria’s anti-corruption chief arrested for alleged corrupt practices

The EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu

Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) chairman job requires the person in such a position to be a corrupt clean individual. This is a government body whose sole function is to investigate and prosecute financial crimes, it would be ironic if the person were alleged to be involved in financial crimes.

However, Nigeria is a country where contradictory events can be true at the same time. Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Chairman, Ibrahim Magu was arrested on Monday by Nigeria’s secret police, the department of security services, and policemen right in front of the commission’s Abuja headquarters as he was heading to a meeting. He was hauled before a “presidential panel” at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa.

Magu’s troubles began in June when the attorney general and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami sent a memo to Buhari accusing Magu of, among other things, re-looting recovered funds and “insubordination and misconduct.” The memo’s existence was first reported by This Day newspaper. A source told the newspaper there were “22 weighty allegations” in Malami’s memo and that he had urged the president to remove Magu, reportedly naming three potential replacements for the top job.

At the time of this report, Magu is still in the state security services custody, and under investigations. He has been relieved of his duties as the head of the anti-graft agency.

Ibrahim Magu was the “acting chairman” of the EFCC since November 2015. The Senate had twice refused to confirm his appointment due to weighty corrupt allegations by the security services department against him.

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