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Governors, Senators Plot Magu’s Removal Ahead Of May 29

Plans to edge Ibrahim Magu out of EFCC has thickened.

Funsho Akinwale

Ahead of May 29, the handover date, some outgoing governors and members of the National Assembly, who are on the watch list of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, are presently plotting the removal of the acting Chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu.

Part of their hatched plots is to mount pressure on some top officials in the presidency to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to edge Magu out of the commission before May 29.

Before now, there have been several attempts by the corrupt politicians to push Magu out by all means.

Recall it’s over two years that the Senate has refused to officially confirm him as the chairman of the commission in spite of the president’s recommendation forwarded to the National Assembly.

There was also calculated plan earlier this year to send him on a compulsory study at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Jos, Plateau State, before the 2019 general election which he eventually turned down, sensing the ploy by his detractors in the presidency to stylishly edge him out

The new game plan by the politicians is to accelerate some moves and sack Magu on or before the date so that Magu will not have the means to persecute them when they leave office after May 29.

Some of the outgoing governors as listed by the anti-graft commission that are found wanting include Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, Rochas Okorocha from Imo State, Kwara State Governor, Abdul Fatai Ahmed, and Zamafara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari.

Confirming the development, a source said: “The arrowheads, including outgoing governors, have begun smear campaigns to poison the minds of Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, against Magu.

“They are of the opinion that since they have skeletons in their cupboards, Magu can prosecute them once he is still in office.

The source added: “Some senators are jittery over possible confirmation of Magu after May 29, as they are afraid that he may go after them once they lose their privileged positions.

“They are aware that there are pending investigations against them, including over N1trillion unexecuted constituency projects. Magu is uncompromising in this regard.”

Further checks have confirmed that some notable Senators have also teamed up with aggrieved political office holders to sack Magu from office.

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