UPDATED: EFCC boss honours invitation to the panel, not forced – EFCC spokesman

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The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has honoured panel invitation for questioning.

Recall that HEXEMTY reported earlier that Magu was arrested by the Department of State Service, but report show that he was taken away for questioning.

It was gathered that operatives of the Department of State Services were involved in the operation.

According to the EFCC spokesman, Dele Oyewale, confirmed this in a statement, where he said; Magu honoured an invitation by a Presidential panel reviewing the activities of the EFCC at the Banquet Hall wing of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“He was served the invitation to the panel, while on his way to the Force Headquarters, Abuja for a meeting.

“The EFCC’s boss was neither arrested nor forced to honour the invitation. A member of a legal team from the EFCC is also with him on the panel,” the statement said.

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According to report, Magu was arrested on Monday afternoon at the Wuse II, Abuja office of the EFCC on Monday over allegations that he was siphoning part of money recovered by the commission from suspected looters.

This is happening barely two weeks after the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) reportedly complained to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) about Magu’s conduct and advised that he should be relieved of his appointment.

The AGF was said to have accused Magu of insubordination and discrepancies in the figures of funds recovered by the EFCC. He allegedly listed 22 offences allegedly committed by Magu, for which he should be sacked.

Magu was also accused of disposing of assets, especially buildings seized from corrupt politicians and others, without approval, or knowledge of the AGF’s office, which is the supervisory ministry of the EFCC.

Magu has been in acting capacity since the National Assembly twice refused to confirm his nomination to head the anti-graft agency, after the president sent his name to the federal lawmakers on both occasions.

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