Former EFCC boss Magu failed to remit 48bn loot, Abandoned N118bn fraud cases – Presidential panel

Ibrahim Magu, the former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission abandoned 14 fraud cases totaling N118 billion and $309 million (EFCC), according to findings by the presidential panel which investigated him.

The EFCC, under Magu’s supervision, was also accused of failing to remit another N48 billion loot recovered in foreign and local currencies in the final report submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari in November 2020, a report by TheCable stated.

The panel, led by former Supreme Court President, Ayo Salami, was formed to investigate the EFCC from May 2015 to May 2020, when Magu was in charge.
The report has now been submitted to the office of the secretary to the federation’s government. According to presidential sources, a panel to create the white paper will be formed soon.

The former EFCC chief was accused of mishandling the recovered loot and selling seized assets to his associates. The report examined over 100 witnesses’ written and oral testimonies, having completed nationwide physical verification of recovered forfeited assets, which included real estate, automobiles, vessels, and other non-cash as well as cash assets.

According to an examination of the report of the Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Assets (PCARA) obtained by TheCable, the anti-graft commission provided contradictory figures on the total number of recovered real estate.

The EFCC under the watch of the suspended Ag. Chairman in its submission to PCARA reported N46,038,882,509.87 as being the foreign currency equivalent recovered by the commission between May 29, 2015, and November 22, 2018,” the report stated.

*Furthermore, the panel claimed that Magu abandoned multi-million dollar [email protected] cases involving high-profile individuals and transferred some commission officials who were investigating the cases. He was also accused of disobeying court orders and presidential directives.

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