The Department of State Services (DSS) said it did not arrest the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
The spokesman, Peter Afunanya, said this in a terse statement on Monday.
“The Service has since, today, 6th July, 2020, been inundated with enquiries over the alleged arrest”, it said adding that Magu was not picked up.
Despite the rebuttal, it was gathered that DSS blocked Magu in Wuse traffic shortly after he left office. He was then taken to the Presidential Villa.
Magu is being reportedly grilled over allegations against him.
Diverse reactions have trailed the arrest of Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
He was allegedly arrested over allegations of owning four properties and is said to have transferred funds abroad through a third party.
Reacting to the development, Nigerians on social media said some officials of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration are the most corrupt ever.
Here are some comments:
@ogenidipo, “The Head of the anti-corruption Agency arrested for corruption. As though it’s a Nollywood movie.”
@ayodele_23, “2baba has said, even thief go de follow to dey shout Ole. I won’t blame Magu though, he’s seen the unprecedented level of looting in this administration so he decided to join the train. Nobody would love to be left behind when corruption is the official language of the leaders.”
@IAtalkspace, “Magu should have resigned a long time ago. Irrespective of the truthfulness of allegations against him, he should quit the job since very few people had confidence in him. The Attorney General & Minister of Justice accused him of “insubordination and misconduct. That was enough.”
@Ojibiloye, “DSS arrests Head of Nigeria’s no.1 anti-corruption agency, Ibrahim Magu, for corruption. The hunter has been entrapped by the bushmeat.”
@rizza, “See where “I always Want some More” has landed Magu. Same story with Hush.
Magu is not sharing the re-looted funds with anyone including AGF. Let the “Tell All” begin asap.”
@yemifash, “So Magu, the @officialEFCC boss is also a yahoo boy. This life is not balanced.”
@ruqqayah, “In one of such trips, Magu flew to Maiduguri alongside Mohammed with a bank MD who was being investigated by the EFCC over complicity in funds allegedly stolen by the immediate past petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.”Nigeria na pure cruise.”
@Michael88461663, “Does that mean the oga kpatakpa has a question to answer too? Because Nigerians and the Senate have been calling for his removal but oga said no say he die with Magu.”
@chuks_kris, “DSS has never hidden their disapprobation for Magu. Buhari would have avoided this Shame and embarrassment if he had considered the Letters from DSS to the Senate against the confirmation of Magu. Now, look how he’s made a mess of his Administration. Fighting corruption my Foot.”
@adekoladedammy, “Who will APC twitter warriors blame for Magu’s arrest? Will they also say he was very very rich before he became EFCC chairman?”
It was gathered that Magu was grilled by a panel set up to investigate alleged infractions against him after his arrest by the Department of State Security.
The panel sat at the Conference Centre of the Presidential Villa, Abuja and barred journalists who had arrived to cover the event at about 3:20 pm, from covering the event.
“They said you people should excuse the use of this place for today,” a security official detailed to the venue, politely told reporters.