The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reacted to the alleged arrest of its acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu.
Mr Magu was reportedly arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Although the spokesman of the DSS, Peter Afunanya, and the EFCC denied the report, the statement of the anti-graft agency seems to suggest he was whisked to the Presidential Villa Abuja, as being reported.
The EFCC in a statement published across its social media verified accounts said its chairman was on his way to the force headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) when he was intercepted and served an invitation demanding his presence at the seat of power immediately.
“Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu on Monday, July 6, 2020, honoured an invitation by a Presidential Panel reviewing the activities of the EFCC, at the Banquet Hall wing of the Presidential Villa, Abuja,” the Monday statement read.
“He was served the invitation to the Panel, while on his way to the Force Headquarters, Abuja for a meeting.
“The EFCC’s boss was neither arrested nor forced to honour the invitation. A member of a legal team from the EFCC is also with him on the Panel,” it added.
Magu is being accused of misconduct, insubordination and re-looting recovered assets by Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).
President Muhammadu Buhari whom Malami reported to is yet to officially react to the accusation which also recommended the sack of the anti-graft czar.