I don’t know what will be in the mind of former EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu. But I am sure he will ask himself how got himself into the same banana peel that pulled down his three predecessors. His alleged arrest on Monday this week by the Department State Services is one he never expected as the head of the EFCC.
According to reports he was picked when he was about to enter the old office of EFCC at Wuse II Abuja. According to reports, his security details first tried to resist it but the DSS officers finally had their way.
He has been in detention for the past days, appearing before the Presidential Panel set up by the President to probe the allegations levelled against him. Retired Justice Ayo Isa Salami is the head of that panel, and he is expected to do a thorough job while giving Magu a fair hearing.
The allegations against Magu are too serious for any President who is eager to fight corruption to over look. President Muhammadu Buhari sent a strong message to Ibrahim Magu when he set up that Presidential Panel to probe the allegations against him.
The messages are; My administration is determined to fight corruption till the end and will go after anyone no matter whose ox is gored. Another message the President sent to him is that you’re expected to be found upright and your activities, and actions should not be questionable. Also, the President made it clear through the set up of that panel that Nigerians trusted him as someone with integrity, and he wants to live up to that expectation.
Magu is a major issue of national discuss as it is now. Alot of Nigerians are interested in the outcome of the Ayo Isa Salami panel. Nobody expected that Magu will be suspended from office in this manner. Some Nigerians are in support of his suspension as EFCC Chairman. Others believe that it is a power play between him and the Attorney General of the Federation.
The allegations of siphoning part of the money he recovered from looters is one many Nigerians are surprised at. But for now he remains innocent until he is convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction.