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Attorney-general Malami, accuses EFCC boss, Magu of re-looting recovered assets

Ibrahim Magu, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been accused of looting assets recovered in the fight against corruption.

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The allegation levelled against the anti-graft czar by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami, is contained in a memo the latter wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr Malami who also accused he EFCC boss of insubordination and misconduct in the memo recommended his sack from office, Thisday Newspapers reports.

The AGF which listed 22 “weighty allegations”, according to the national daily, shortlisted three candidates and asked the president to choose anyone of them to succeed Magu who is reportedly fighting back to retain his position.

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Mr Magu has remained in acting capacity since he was appointed by President Buhari in 2015. The Nigerian Senate has rejected appeals by the president that he be confirmed.

The legislative chamber banking on the corruption allegations levelled against him by the Department of State Services (DSS) refused to confirm him the substantive chairman of the commission.

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He was accused of residing in a building worth N40million naira given to him by someone who is facing corruption trial.

“Furthermore, the EFCC boss has so far maintained a high-profile lifestyle. This is exemplified by his preference for first-class air travels. On 24 June, 2016, he flew Emirate airlines first-class to Saudi Arabia to perform lesser hajj at the cost of N2.9m. This is in spite of Mr President’s directive to all public servants to fly economy class,” the DSS report, submitted to the 8th Senate under the leadership of Bukola Saraki, read.

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