Police Service Commission Promotes EX- EFCC BOSS Magu

Police Service Commission Promotes EX- EFCC BOSS Magu
Police Service Commission Promotes EX- EFCC BOSS Magu

Ibrahim Magu, former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, has been elevated by the Police Service Commission (PSC) (EFCC).

On Monday, PSC spokesman Ikechukwu Ani confirmed Magu’s promotion to the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG).

He stated that Magu was promoted among other top officers at the commission’s 15th Plenary Meeting on Friday.

In addition, Zama Bala Senchi was also appointed as a Deputy Inspector General of Police.

He stated that in addition to Magu, seven police commissioners were promoted to assistant inspectors general of police.

In addition, the Commission approved the promotions of 23 Deputy Commissioners to the next level of Commissioners of Police, 31 Assistant Commissioners to Deputy Commissioners of Police, and 63 Chief Superintendents of Police to Assistant Commissioners of Police.

“Alhaji Musiliu Smith, Chairman of the Commission and former Inspector General of Police, presided over the Plenary Meeting that began on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. DIG Amadi, who is currently acting, replaced the late DIG Joseph Egbunike and would represent the South East on the Force Management team, whereas DIG Senchi was the most senior AIG cadre member.

“Other judgments made by the Commission at the Plenary included the elevation of 57 Superintendents of Police who had been passed over for promotion when their peers were elevated to the next rank of Chief Superintendents. Other types of Superintendents of Police, including those from the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria’s Course 4, Inspectors Course 37, and the ordinary ASP’s Courses 25 and 26, were also promoted to Chief Superintendents after meeting the set criteria.

“The Commission also elevated 1698 Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASP) to Deputy Superintendents of Police, 6119 Inspectors who attended the Departmental Selection Board (DSB) recently were promoted to ASP11, and 1965 ASP11 were confirmed as ASPs. In accordance with the Aviation scheme of service, the Commission also approved the conversion of 19 Engineers from General Duty to Specialists and their promotion to the rank of Deputy Superintendents of Police, which is the mandatory entrance level for Pilots and Aircraft maintenance engineers.

The eight Commissioners of Police who were promoted to AIGs were as follows:

CP Mustafa Magu Ibrahim
Abraham Egong Ayim Okunlola Kola Kamaldeen
Andrew Amieengheme
Akeera William Younous Celestine Amechi Elumelu Ngozi Vivian Onadeko
Danladi Bitrus Lalas

Magu was arrested, detained, and suspended as acting chairman of the anti-corruption agency on July 7, 2020, while he was still in charge of the EFCC, following his appearance before a panel investigating charges of gross misconduct against him.

The panel led by Justice Ayo Salami recommended Magu’s ouster as EFCC chairman “for failing to account for N431,000,00 in security votes/information fund provided to the office of the Executive Chairman of the EFCC between November 2015 and May 2020.”

In instances involving a former deputy senate president and a former managing director of Pipelines and Product Marketing Company, he was also accused of inducing the “disappearance of evidence, halt and suppression of cases under investigation and prosecution, and omission to arrest suspects” (PPMC).

Magu was also accused of covering up high-profile cases involving four former governors, one of whom is a senator today.

However, only a few recommendations have been adopted since the panel presented its findings in November 2020.

Magu’s attorney, Wahab Shittu, has repeatedly refuted the claims levelled against him in front of the panel.

The former chairman of the EFCC further claimed that he never benefited himself during his tenure as head of the anti-corruption agency, adding that the claims against him are “unfortunate, spiteful, vindictive, and designed to mercilessly ruin my well-earned name.”

The federal government has failed to release the White Paper regarding the Salami panel’s report.

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