Magu was reportedly stopped by DSS operatives while moving out of the Wuse II Annex of the EFCC in Abuja. He was intercepted while his convoy was driving out of the premises Daily Trust Reports.
A source described what happened as a sting operation, saying Magu might not have honoured an invitation if extended to him by the DSS, which necessitated his arrest. Another source said the DSS wanted to arrest the EFCC boss last week but could not because of some reasons.
However, the DSS said its operatives did not arrest Magu, saying he was only given an invitation letter. In a statement yesterday, its spokesman, Peter Afunanya, said: “DSS wishes to inform the public that it did not arrest Ibrahim Magu, acting EFCC chairman as has been reported by sections of the media.
“The service has been inundated with enquiries over the alleged arrest,” he said. Also yesterday, the EFCC said Magu had honoured an invitation by a presidential panel reviewing the activities of the EFCC, saying he met members of the panel at the Banquet Hall wing of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
A statement from EFCC spokesman, Dele Oyewale said Magu was served the invitation to the panel while on his way to the Force Headquarters, Abuja for a meeting. He said the EFCC’s boss was neither arrested nor forced to honour the invitation, adding that a member of a legal team from the EFCC was also with him on the panel. Malami had reportedly filed a petition to President Buhari demanding the removal of Magu over alleged diversion of recovered loot, insubordination and misconduct.
The Senate under Senator Bukola Saraki had refused to confirm his appointment, citing a 2016 report by the DSS. The DSS in a 2016 report said Magu was not fit to serve as EFCC chairman.
Among other allegations, the secret agency in the report also said the Police Service Commission (PSC) had in December 2010, found Magu guilty of action prejudicial to state security – withholding of EFCC files, sabotage, unauthorised removal of EFCC files and acts unbecoming of a police officer, and awarded him severe reprimand as punishment.
On his part, Magu has been complaining about the danger of fighting corruption, often being quoted in the media telling reporters that corruption fights back. Magu, like his predecessors, is facing his own problems. His predecessor Lamorde was removed by President Buhari in a shroud of corruption allegations.
Also, Lamorde succeeded Farida Waziri whose sack was announced on a Twitter handle on November 23, 2011 during the time of President Goodluck Jonathan. Her removal followed allegations that the commission was selective in its investigations, especially as many members of the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), were being prosecuted.