Nigeria’s Minister of Police affairs, Dingyadi Maigari has revealed that the former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu still earns salary from the federal Government despite his unceremonious removal.
Speaking on Channels TV’s ‘Politics Today’, Maigari disclosed that Magu earns a salary because he is still a police officer.
“The matter is investigated and the man is still in the service, he is still in the Force Headquarters, I don’t want to expatiate at this material time as to what is happening to the report of the committee. What I know is that the report has been submitted to Mr President and as far as I know, no communication has yet to be submitted to the ministry or the police force on this matter.”
“So, we are waiting for the final outcome and the public will be informed as and when the need arises.”
“Of course, he is still a police officer even though he is under suspension. He used to be the chairman of the EFCC but he is no longer one.”
“But that does not mean he is not on the payroll of the Federal Government; he is still a civil servant, he is still a police officer until a final decision is taken on the matter.”
It can be recalled that Magu’s woes began after he was rejected twice by the Senate. Although he served in acting capacity for 5 years, he was suspended along with several others in July 2020 for allegedly mismanaging funds of the commission, an allegation which he vehemently denied.
President Buhari replaced him in February 2021 with Abdulrasheed Bawa.