BREAKING: Sacked EFCC Chairman, Magu Gets New Promotion
Information reaching Ibom Focus says that Sacked EFCC Chairman, Magu Gets New Promotion
Emerging report reaching from The Punch, on Tuesday, indicates that the Police Service Commission, PSC, may have concluded plans to promote a sacked Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, from the Most Senior Commissioner of Police, CP, to Assistant Inspector-General of Police, AIG.
Recall, that Magu has reportedly tendered his pre-retirement notice, and will officially retire from the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, on May 5.
It was gathered on Monday, however, that the PSC Standing Committee has recommended him for elevation to AIG, a development that may set the Commission on a collision course with the Attorney-General of the Federation, AFG, Abubakar Malami, SAN, who was allegedly responsible for his sack, on allegations bordering on massive corruption.
The decision to promote Magu, followed the recommendation of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Usman Baba.
The PSC had last July, declined to promote Magu, during the promotion of 24 CPs and other Officers.
Magu Gets New Promotion
“The Commission declined the promotion of Magu, pending clearance from the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, and the Office of the Inspector- General of Police”, the Commission Spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, had said in a statement.
The Commissioner representing the Media in the PSC, Austin Braimoh, had also said that the sacked EFCC Chairman may not get his retirement benefits, until he is cleared of the allegations levelled against him by the AGF.
Nonetheless, speaking on condition of anonymity, a Senior Official of the PSC revealed that there is no pending disciplinary case against Magu before the Commission.
The source said exactly: “Though the government set up a Panel, they did not even inform the Commission. And Magu has been the Most Senior Commissioner of Police for a very long time, and we have been stepping down his promotion. The AGF should have written to the Commission about the case against him.
“The IG has been sending his name for promotion, so why should not we promote him? Already, the Standing Committee of the Commission has already recommended him for promotion to AIG. Though he is about to retire from Service, he can still be promoted after retirement.”
However, when asked about the planned promotion, Braimoh stated that he was not aware of the latest decision regarding Magu’s elevation, but confirmed that there is no indictment against him whatsoever.
His words: “I am not aware that Magu has been recommended for promotion, but the fact is that there is nothing before the Commission indicting Magu. He is still a Policeman, and he is in the Force receiving his salary. There is no report to the Commission that this man is indicted, or that he has a case or pending disciplinary matter.
“I have not seen a report that he is undergoing investigation. For any Police Officer that has a pending disciplinary matter; the Police authorities will never send his name or recommend him for promotion. So, once a recommendation comes from the IG for promotion, it means that the Officer has no pending disciplinary matter.
“So, if there is a recommendation from the IG, there is no reason we should deny him promotion; he can take us to court. If he is due and there is a recommendation, it means there is no PDM, we will promote him.”
Magu Gets New Promotion