Confusion over identities of security agents who arrested Ibrahim Magu, Nigeria’s anti-corruption czar accused of financial fraud

The Nigerian secret service has denied arresting Ibrahim Magu, the powerful acting chairman of the country’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and a local newspaper reported that the security agents who arrested him on Monday afternoon in the capital Abuja took him straight to the presidential villa to appear before a presidential panel sitting at the Banquet Hall of the villa. He was joined there by Rotimi Oyedepo, an EFCC counsel.

“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,” Peter Afunanya, the SSS spokesperson, said in a statement.

The report said the panel is investigating allegations of corruption and insubordination levelled against him by the Attorney-General of the Federation. Abubakar Malami

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