EXECUTIVE SESSION................Meet EFCC's Ibrahim MAGU Portrait of A Tireless Corruption Fighter



“The cancer that demands our urgent attention is corruption and poverty”-. Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Our guest at Executive session today is a tireless fighter of corruption. He is Ibrahim Magu, acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),  anywhere he goes he preaches on ills and dangers of corruptions - always stressing on the importance of having an effective international collaboration between law enforcement agencies as part of efforts to combat corruption in the country.
Magu, was only recently at the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities, IAACA, in Vienna, Austria, and noted that the cost of corruption was enormous and needed a broader approach to be tackled.
“Corruption is acknowledged to have been an impediment to sustainable development in Africa, and the cost is so enormous that there is an urgent need for international collaboration for success to be achieved,” he said.

According to him, though the international community has created legal and institutional framework for the prevention and recovery of proceeds of corruption, recovery of stolen assets stashed away in foreign lands still remained a major issue to be tackled.
While calling for more synergy in repatriation of stolen wealth, Magu noted that in spite of the challenges, there were success stories to celebrate.



He said: “Successes recorded in recovery of stolen assets have been achieved through Memoranda of Understanding, MoU signed between Nigeria and several countries including Switzerland, the United Kingdom, UK, the United Arab Emirates, UAE, and the United States, US, in line with Article 57 paragraph 5 of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, UNCAC.
“The UK government returned stolen funds to Nigeria in the cases of Dariye and Alamieseigha, with over 5 million pounds recovered from the former Bayelsa State governor in 2012.
“In the case of Joshua Dariye, a former Governor of Plateau State in Nigeria, the British government also returned £48,000 to Nigeria in fulfillment of the UK’s commitments “under Chapter V of the United Nations Convention against Corruption.
“In 1999, the Swiss authorities pursuant to a request for mutual legal assistance, returned about $723m to Nigeria.”
He further revealed that a tripartite MoU between the Swiss government, the World Bank and Nigerian government, also led to the return of additional $320 million Abacha loot.
Other classes of recoveries made by the EFCC, according to Magu, included, whistle blowers cash recoveries, subsidy payment cash recoveries, third party cash recovery for NNPC, FIRS, NPA, AMCON and Banks.
“In 2017, EFCC made a total recovery of N473, 065,195,977.50, $142,504,121.12, and most of the recoveries, were non-conviction based asset recovery,” he said.
He listed some of them to include, Real Estates belonging to Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former Petroleum Minister and her associates; $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 recovered in an apartment at Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos in 2017; $9,772,800 and another sum of £74,000 cash in Kaduna, belonging to Andrew Yakubu, a former Group General Manager of NNPC in 2017.

MAGU : A BRIEF PORTRAIT 



According to information made available to WORLD LEADERS EXECUTIVE SESSION by EFCC,  Magu, was born in Maiduguri township on 5th May 1962 to the family of Mallam Mustafa Magu and Hajiya Bintu Magu. He attended Yarwa Practicing Primary School in Maiduguri between 1969 and 1975. He studied for his West African School Certificate at  Government Secondary School Waka Biu from 1975 to 1980.

To further his education, Magu obtained ‘A’ level Certificate from the School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1982 and between 1983 and 1986 studied for a degree in Accounting at the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science  Honors in Accounting. He served as the NYSC Accountant at the Benue State Health Services Management Board, Makurdi and in 1987 was appointed full time Accountant II by the Borno State Government where  he served in various Ministries and Departments in the State Government as an Accountant and rose to become a Zonal Accountant, State Ministry of Education, Biu from where he voluntarily resigned to join the Nigeria Police Force as an  Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1990.

After his mandatory eighteen months training as cadet trainee, he was posted to the Rivers State  Police Command where he served in various capacities as Crimes Investigation Officer, Commander  Patrol and Guards and Unit Commander in the Police Mobile Force Unit. He has also served at the  Police Force Headquarters Kam Salem House Lagos in 1998. He was the Coordinator, Nigeria Police Building Society before moving  on to the newly established Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigeria Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) where he served as a team  leader in charge of Financial Crimes, Money Laundering and Advance Fee Fraud investigation.

In 2002, he was promoted Superintendent of Police (SP) and posted to Ekiti Police  Command; he also served briefly in the FCT Command Headquarters as the  officer in charge of  General Investigation and Monitoring Unit before he was seconded to the newly established Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in May 2003 where he was appointed its pioneer Head of Administration and Finance. He later headed the Economic Governance Section of the Commission, dealing with general investigations, financial crimes and money laundering in both the public and private sector. He was promoted Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) in 2003.

 In a bid to sanitize the country and ensure best international practice in government business, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria commissioned a Joint Special Presidential Task Force on Good Governance in June 2006. Mr. Magu was deployed as its Supervising officer and Head of
 Administration.  In 2009, Magu was redeployed to the Nigeria Police and posted to State Criminal  Investigations Department Ekiti State Police Command as its deputy head. He also served in the Anti-Fraud Investigations Section of the Force Criminal Investigations  Department between 2010 and 2012; and was also the Second-in-Command, Special Investigation Bureau  (SIB), Nigeria Police Force Headquarters.

 Magu was promoted Assistant Commissioner of Police in September 2012 and posted briefly to Anambra State Command as Assistant Commissioner of Police (Operations), before he was redeployed to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as the Deputy Director, Directorate of Professional Responsibility. He attended several courses, seminars and workshops notably on Anti-Money Laundering courses with the Federal Bureau of Investigations; Anti-Terrorism and Combating the Financing of Terrorism with the United State Department of Justice, United States Department of Homeland Security, amongst others.

 He served in various Committees and participated in a number of ad hoc assignments which include Technical Committee on the Establishment of the Nigeria Finance Intelligence Unit; member, Federation Accounts Allocation Committee; member Presidential Task Force on the Decongestion of Eastern Ports; member, Federal Government Committee on Cyber Security Legislation in Nigeria. Magu is currently a member of the Presidential Investigation Committee on the Procurement of Firearms from 2007 – 2015.

 At the International sphere, Magu has engaged with the United States Postal Inspection Service, the FBI, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the US Financial Crime Enforcement Unit (FINCENT), the South African Anti-Corruption Unit (Scorpion) and the Hong Kong Anti-Corruption Agency, on trainings and/or joint investigations. He has also collaborated with the Metropolitan Police, London, Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise and Scotland Yard. He worked with the United States government in the WILBROS Bribery Investigation, the Halliburton Investigations. He has also closely worked with the CBN, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Nigeria Customs Service, the Nigeria Finance Intelligence Unit, Department of State Services, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), the Code of Conduct Bureau and the Nigeria Police.  Magu who is currently a Deputy Commissioner of Police was appointed acting Chairman of the EFCC on November 9, 2015. He enjoys travelling, playing football, reading and writing
That is MAGU for you, a portrait of a tireless corruption fighter

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