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Friday, July 10, 2020

Weekend Arena -How The 'Almighty' Magu Shot Himself In The Foot With A Dane Gun

If Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, eventually returns to his post, which is very unlikely, his life will never be the same again.






 What has befallen him is proof of the ephemeral nature of life and its attributes.


 It is likely that he would presently be wishing for another chance, so he can fix certain things; especially if he gets the opportunity to surf the social media space with a flurry of opinions about his actions and inactions in office. But like my great uncle, Paul Emedolibe, used to say: ’Always learn from the mistakes of others’. Did Magu learn from his predecessors’ mistakes before wearing the EFCC crown? Will whoever that will succeed him learn from his ordeal today?



From Nuhu Ribadu, Farida Waziri, Ibrahim Lamorde to Ibrahim Magu, all had been mired in allegations arising from their conduct in office. All had allowed their images tower above the office they occupied, repudiating Barack Obama’s famous advice to Africa, about building strong institutions and not strong individuals.


 While they were in office, their names sent shivers down the spines of people, especially politicians, whose hands are mostly soiled. They were poster-faces of raw usage of state power, because there are just only 74 individuals (the President, his Vice, the state governors and their deputies) in the entire country of over 200 million they could not detain, if they so wished. 


It would only take the necessary phone calls and explanations; and a covert nocturnal invasion will have them capture the personality like a bird in the dead of the night. So one can see why such a position is capable of leaving its occupier drunk with state power.


Since this office is a creation of political arrangement and compromise, all of them, in the perception of most Nigerians, have tended to act in alignment with the body language of the Presidency and its interests. This has often given their actions away as political, even when some are cogent. We saw this play out in HD video when the homes of judges were raided, as Magu and his men scavenged for incriminating evidence to nail them. 



We also saw so many media trials. In fact, Magu’s reign saw a new high in media conviction than judicial verdict. Perhaps, the former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke was at the receiving end of this action. So much was put in the media about her alleged loot that it sounds irreconcilable today for the same Magu to be accused of not making Diezani’s files available to the Attorney General’s Office for her prosecution.


 Magu and his boys were always finding monies, in various currencies, abandoned at airports, stashed in soak-away pits, hidden in overhead water tanks. It was under him, that EFCC would announce their plans to arrest a suspect before carrying out their raid. 


Imagine what would have happened if the authorities in Dubai had announced their intention to arrest Hushpuppi, before coming to his residence? From all indications, Magu’s media team was only interested in boosting the public image of their master at the expense of the EFCC, as if they were prepping him for future political assignments.

This is what whoever emerges as his successor eventually must avoid. The person must see his or her role as a call to rescue Nigeria from one of its biggest scourges-corruption. The person must discharge the duties without bias and move in whenever he smells corruption without minding who is involved or who would be impressed. The idea of detaining a suspect before searching for incriminating evidence should take a back seat, because all those moves where EFCC would clandestinely go to a court to get an order to detain someone as long as they wished in order to seek implicating evidences looks unprofessional. The new helmsman should know that Nigerians are eager to see a refreshed EFCC which will not be interested in coming up with 200 charges, only to end up being unable to substantiate one.

Perhaps, it is also time for the President to look elsewhere in selecting a replacement. The first four chairmen are northerners with Nigeria Police Force background, maybe we should try people with experience in other security arms (Customs, Army etc) in line with the laws setting up the EFCC.


The new Chairman must bear in mind that his office is like a loan, which must be repaid one day and an opportunity to leave his or her name, honourably, on the sands of time. The person must remember that months ago, Magu and his boys could stop any important personality in traffic and make him change his route to honour an invitation (not arrest), only to remain in custody for over 4 days, like it is playing out today. He must not be intoxicated with the influence associated with this post.


Of course, there are similar characters in some sensitive positions who have built egos as huge as cathedrals. Many aides to governors fall into this category. 

As aides, they insult journalists, avoid calls, talk down on anyone online for sharing a contrary view about their principals.

 They recruit online trolls to fight for politicians, oblivious of the fact that they are being used; and that in politics, there are no permanent friends or enemies; and that everything, every problem has an expiry date.





Hmmmmm Ngozi my dear,Some things are indeed temporary and Magu's case is a big lesson to learn from...
They say his ultimate protector was the one that died and that as soon as that one died,it was evident that Magu's days were numbered.....I guess that school of thought turned out to be correct!

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36 comments:

  1. Well to be perfectly honest ,in my humble opinion without being sentimental of course , without offending anyone who thinks differently from my point of view,but also by looking into this matter in distinctive perspective ,i would like to say i have nothing to say...thank you

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    1. This just cracked me up 🀣🀣
      BV Maximus

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    2. For the first time, I really enjoyed your article

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    3. The focus should not just be on Magu, the Efcc lawyers present and past all have chopped and cleaned mouth. The whole system is a joke. They shake down their targets, blackmail them and intentionally lose the case once they have been settled. There are billions tucked away all over the place. Some where even made ministers. Just saying. It is a whole lot of crap.

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    4. I'm so happy that all 4 ex bosses of EFCC are from the North.
      Had it been an Igbo did what Mr Magu was accused of, twitter would have been on πŸ”₯

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  2. Ngozi weldone and continue to source more details so that your food will be plenty.

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  3. Nice one Mr Ngozi,I'm of the opinion EFCC was not coined to fight corruption per say even from Obasanjo regime. So whoever is coming after Magu is coming to play same game in different way because the commission is not fighting corruption but fighting who the ruling party choose to fight. In as much the appointment is based on selection not on force promotion or level,being bias is unavoidable because you must favour whosoever selected you.

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  4. Naija politicians no dey learn oh, the only thing that they understand is LOOTING.

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  5. Magu Magu...so this is it for him. Fighting corruption while your hands are soiled deep in the shit. What is one man doing with 380 houses Biko?

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  6. Ngozi Welldone! I think Magu just didn't do well for himself..How could you allow yourself to be in the acting capacity for 5years..By 2020, he should have resigned straight up rather than allow himself be ridiculed.

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  7. I'm so ashamed of this country, Ewoooo. Almighty Magu, feeling like the Lord of the rings, how the mighty has fallen.

    Immediately his oga at the top died , his nyash open. Coro is wickedttt πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† . Anyways like Uncle Ngozi said and I quote : the new person must remember that months ago , Magu and his boys could stop any important personality in traffic and make him change his route to honor an invitation or arrest , a na ekoga ( feeling funky ). Now , how far ?

    It's only God that will save Nigeria. I strongly believe the new man will falter, no be Naija again 😎😎😎

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    1. Some1 said he had stepped one of APC's biggest toe (his petition against BAT's bullion van), when his "father" Abraham was still alive. They're all thieves!

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    2. Some1 said he had stepped on one of APC's biggest toe (his petition against BAT's bullion van), when his "father" Abraham was still alive. They're all thieves!

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  8. When the hunter becomes the hunted.
    So many lessons to be learned from magu's case,he was intoxicated with power.

    Welldone Mr Ngozi,more pink to your pen.

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  9. I do not think that an intelligence Officer would be stupid enough to steal money and 380 houses with links to him. Even a smaller thief knows to be discreet. This is deeper than we think. Magu is a small fish in a very big ocean of murky waters called politics. His scene is off. These people have a grand plan.

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    1. Hmmmm, sometimes, money makes the smartest person look like a fool. Just a tiny crack in the wall, something slips through and before you know it, it’s blown up. Just like Mr Ngozi said, ‘learn from other people’s mistakes’. Atimes it pays to lay low and be an observer, trust me, you will see a whole lot of things from being invisible. Magu was always in a hurry.

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  10. Magu Special


    The most Complex b

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  11. The difference is him being removed from the position but will he enjoy his loot? Sure he would. The case of the former Pension boss is still very fresh in our memory. If at all Magu will be charged to court which I think looks unlikely, he will quietly "retire to his farm" and enjoy his loot.

    The IG of police that was accused of buying a house in Dubai is still free upon overwhelming evidence the house is his.

    If Magu is to be charged to court, clandestine calls will be made to drop the case and the loser is the country and the people he witch hunted.

    No wonder it's from a particular region of the country that heads EFCC.


    The way they work after getting the post as EFCC boss is too go hard on folks from SE, mix it with few men from SW then relax to witch hunt and play god. This country has a long way to go.

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    1. The funny thing is that Buhari is still the head of corruption till tomorrow.

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  12. I always enjoy your work, nice one Mr. Ngozi.

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  13. Who would have thought that Magu would be disgraced out of that exalted position? Oh well, the hunter has become a very delicious bush meat. Indeed, power of transient. The ultimate power belongs to God.

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  14. Does EFCC fight corruption? It's more like fly in corruption, stealing from those who have stolen and taking jara from the big pocket.

    99 days for the thief....

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  15. Magu that was feeling like king of highlights

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  16. Magu I'm angry with you, despite the money you took, you no still fresh. Stolen wealth no peace of mind.

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  17. Power intoxicated Mugu.I pray this Mr Umar doesn't make this same mistake.

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  18. It is unfortunate that we allow ourselves to be duped by a particular section of this nation,just watch after a while he will be released in other not to open more secrets that will affect his employer,that is the game.

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  19. Ngozi, you were spot on. If the government doesn't look at other sources for recruiting the EFCC chairman,other than the NPF it would continue to be the same story. Remember that Nigeria Police force basically have corruption ingrained in them, this is an institutionalized corruption. You can't expect someone from that background/institution to become a saint because of presiding over an anti graft agency, they are just more clever in doing so.

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