Barely twenty four hours ago, Nigerians were treated to the ironic news about the head of the Economic and Financial Crimes commission (EFCC); Ibrahim Magu‘s reported arrest by the Department of State Security (DSS) over allegations of fraud and other forms of corruption. Citizens on social media had a field day discussing the irony.
To many who expressed their opinions on the issue, the state of affairs in the country as it relates to corruption appears hopeless and the concern was; “if even the core of the primary anti-graft agency in Nigeria, is in fact riddled with corruption, how then do they hope to fight corruption?”
Anti-corruption boss is corrupt,
Too much magu magu in this country😂😂
— Al'ameen✨ (@Al_ameen_Yabo) July 7, 2020
Hours later, the narrative changed as reports quoted the DSS as refuting the reports of an arrest. The EFCC explained that the entire incident was merely an invitation to questioning, and not a forceful detention.
However, what was supposedly an invitation changed tune on Tuesday as reports have confirmed his suspension, strengthening speculations that the allegations levied against him does hold water. Reactions on social media range from; ‘I told you so!’
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— Daily Trust (@daily_trust) July 7, 2020
It took Buhari years to see what Saraki saw in days.
When Saraki stood against the appointment of Magu as the EFCC boss then, BMC guys were shouting fire all over the TL.
This legislation thing nah Saraki talent. Lmaaao
— Premier (@SodiqTade) July 7, 2020
Like i said earlier on my thread on corruption, this is what i was talking about. It'll shock u that the agency itself is highly corrupt. Until someone is used as a scapegoat, we won't take this fight serious. Magu suspension is highly welcome. Let wait for the outcome…,, pic.twitter.com/9RgjMhszAx
— FG Palliative (@PrinceMerit_SA) July 7, 2020
To debates on who his likely successor could be.
Magu’s removal now likely to set off a succession controversy.
Ola Olukoyede, a Redeemed pastor from Ekiti & EFCC secretary, is the next most-senior official that should take over. But he’s “not an operative.”
This leaves Mohammed Abba, director of operations, as next in line.
— Samuel Ogundipe (@SamuelOgundipe) July 7, 2020
News: Magu suspended | Reality: Vacancy at EFCC, new Chairperson wanted.
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) July 7, 2020
A number of Nigerians are calling for a transparent legal process, stressing that the public has a right to be in the know. In the argument of some, the Police parades likes of the common criminals they apprehend, and so Magu’s case should be no different.
Much as I am happy to see Magu step away from.the EFCC, I am uncomfortable with this cloak-and-dagger approach and the secret tribunals and secret charges.
Nigerians deserve to see an open, transparent, and independent prosecution and trial process through the courts. https://t.co/YqMaY0VHFr
— Ayo Sogunro – #Transformist (@ayosogunro) July 7, 2020
We don’t just want hear that magu was suspended we want to see his mugshot and handcuffs on his hands… we want equal justice. Ordinary Nigerians will steal Garry una go kill am. When politicians go steal billions una go say una suspend am… Abi how una see am ? pic.twitter.com/MqbwPW286A
— PRESIDENT SAMKLEF (@SAMKLEF) July 7, 2020
It is not just enough to suspend Ibrahim Magu as the @officialEFCC chair. Anti corruption bodies should commence the process of his prosecution and recovery of all stolen financial resources and property. pic.twitter.com/gqvGdyrd6c
— Victor Okorie (@vickelokorie) July 7, 2020