The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami has finally submitted reports of his investigation and probe of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal to President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the AGF, the reports were submitted on Friday last week as he revealed that Buhari will take action soon.
The President had directed Malami to probe all top government officials accused of corruption. The directive which was given on December 18, 2016 was made public by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who said any of the government officials found guilty of the allegations levelled against them would not escape prosecution.
Based on the directive, the AGF had queried the SGF and the acting chairman of the EFCC over allegations levelled against them by the Senate and the Department of State Services respectively.
According to Punch, they were reported to have since replied their queries. Malami, when asked if he had submitted his report on the investigations of Lawal and Magu, said, “Yes, Friday last week.”
The AGF explained that the report was laid before the President who ordered the probe.
“It was submitted to the President,” he stated.
Also, there were reports on January 1 that Buhari ordered the AGF to submit the report on Magu through the Vice-President. According to the reports, the President delegated the Vice-President to make inputs to the recommendation of the AGF on the EFCC acting chairman.
While reacting to reports that Malami he recommended that Magu should step aside while clearing Lawal of the allegations levelled against him. The AGF said:“It is a presidential document and the Presidency has the right to make statements over it and not the AGF.”
The SGF’s problem started on December 14, 2016, when the Senate called for his removal and prosecution following allegations that he awarded contracts to a company, in which he had interest regarding projects in the Internally Displaced Persons’ camps in the North-East.
The call followed the presentation of the interim report of the Ad hoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East by the Chairman of the Committee, Shehu Sani.
Lawal was accused of contravening the provisions of the Public Procurement Act and the Federal Government’s Financial Rules and Regulations pertaining to the award of contracts.
Presenting the report, Sani said some of the contracts were awarded to companies belonging to top government officials’ cronies and family members.
He explained that the committee found out that Global Vision Engineering Limited, a company, with Lawal as Director, for instance, was awarded a consultancy contract.
Sani said despite being an IT company, the firm got a job to clear grass in an IDP camp in Yobe State for N200m.
He said although Babachir resigned as director of the said company in September 2016, it was on record that he was a signatory to the accounts of the company.
Lawal denied all the allegations, saying “the Senate is talking balderdash; it has developed a bring-him-down syndrome.”
For Magu, his travails started on December 15, 2016, when the Senate rejected his nomination as the EFCC chairman.
The senators cited a report by the DSS, which indicated that he could jeopardise Buhari’s anti-graft war.
The DSS report listed several alleged offences against the EFCC boss.
Part of the allegations against Magu was his being in possession of EFCC documents in his private residence during the chairmanship of Farida Waziri.
The DSS also made reference to the circumstances surrounding Magu’s arrest, detention and suspension by the Nigeria Police.
The DSS report also queried Magu’s closeness to a retired military officer and businessman and a top bank official, who the report identified as being under probe for corruption allegations.