Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), failed to
submit the audited accounts of the anti-graft agency to the National Assembly
as required by law.
weekend as critics say he took advantage of the non-confirmation of his
appointment by the Senate to avoid accountability leading to his current woes.
Act, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment, ETC) Act 2004,
the commission is required to submit its report annually to the National
Assembly including its audited account.
not later than 30th September in each year, submit to the National Assembly, a
report of its activities during the immediately preceding year and shall
include in such report the audited accounts of the Commission.”
unwillingness to approve its nomination, the Agency was still required by law
to file its annual reports in accordance with the Establishment Act, first in
December 2016 and later in March 2017, as done by Magu’s predecessors, Mallam
Nuhu Ribadu, Farida Waziri and Ibrahim Lamorde.
insistence on keeping Magu in office in an acting capacity may have stalled the
commission’s accountability and oversight despite non-confirmation, even as the
National Assembly approves the agency’s budget annually.
Magu to operate the way he did without any scrutiny, a development that negated
the practice of the commission under his predecessors, Ribadu, Ibrahim and
Lamorde, who complied with the provision of the law by submitting their annual
reports and audited accounts to the National Assembly.
financial fraud, Magu is being accused of could only occur in an unsupervised organization,
adding that had the EFCC put itself through the process of an independent
audit, a number of the issues Magu is now being accused of might have been
any dealing with Magu, the commission became unable to present its annual
report to the National Assembly.
filed all of the issues that are being raised now would probably have been
detected by the National Assembly.
said, “Magu may seem to have acted without oversight by either the
National Assembly or the Federation Attorney General and the Minister of
Justice, as indicated by the petition of the minister accusing him of
would have been avoided, according to another writer, had the presidency not
insisted on making Magu as the chief of the anti-corruption agency.
few investigators and operatives called ‘Magu Boys” to the detriment and envy
of others, triggering a backlash in the form of leakages of official documents
workers were owed five months arrears of salaries and allowances and they
threatened to take the matter to a popular radio talk show, “Berekete Family,”
aired by Human Rights Radio, to express their grievances and call on the
management to clear the arrears of salaries and allowances.
EFCC management to intervene after giving several excuses that the agency’s
money was held up “somewhere.
community is not opposed to Magu being investigated since all allegations of
corruption must be thoroughly probed but rather that due process and the proper
disciplinary procedures have not been followed.
investigating charges of corruption and insubordination brought against him by
his supervising minister, Mr Abubakar Malami, before a presidential panel of
enquiry headed by Justice Ayo Salami.