Despite being suspended by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, former interim Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, CP Ibrahim Magu, is still on the Federal Government’s payroll as a police officer, according to Maigari Dingyadi, Minister of Police Affairs (rtd).
The minister was a guest on Channels Television’s current affairs program “Politics Today” on Tuesday, which was monitored by Osun Insight.
The Senate twice rejected Magu, who served as interim chairman of the EFCC from 2015 until 2020.
The Police Service Commission approved the promotion of 24 Commissioners of Police to the next rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police in July 2021, but according to Ikechukwu Ani, the Commission’s Head of Press and Public Relations, “the Commission declined the promotion of CP Magu pending clearance from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.”
On Tuesday, the minister gave an update on Magu’s case on the show, saying, “The situation is probed, and the individual is still in the service, he is still in the Force Headquarters, I don’t want to expound at this material moment as to what is happening with the committee report.” What I know is that the report has been given to Mr. President, and that no communication has yet been sent to the ministry or the police force regarding this matter, as far as I am aware.
“As a result, we are awaiting the final verdict, and the public will be notified as needed.”
“Of course, even if he is on suspension, he is still a police officer. He used to be the EFCC’s chairman, but he is no more.
“But it doesn’t mean he’s not on the Federal Government’s payroll; he’s still a civil servant, he’s still a police officer until a final decision is made on the case; I don’t think I should say anything more on this matter right now,” Dingyadi added.