– It appears that a cabal in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet has allegedly struck a deal with Bukola Saraki to block the confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
– The president’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura and the Attorney General of the Federal, Abubakar Malami are conspiring to frustrate Saraki’s prosecution
– Since Magu’s appointment as as EFCC’s acting chairman, he has faced unusual impediments from members of the cabal
It appears that a cabal made up of high-level appointees in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet has allegedly struck a deal with the Senate president, Bukola Saraki to cease all forms of prosecution against him if he would agree to block the confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
According to Sahara Reporters investigation, Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, as well as the Attorney General of the Federal, Abubakar Malami are conspiring to frustrate Saraki’s prosecution.
Since the appointment of Magu as EFCC’s acting chairman, he has faced unusual impediments from Kyari and other members of the cabal, all of them members of an inner circle within the Presidency.
Investigations revealed that Magu got on the bad side of the president’s Chief of Staff when he refused to drop investigations against Sahara Energy, a company in which Kyari has a substantial interest.
The Attorney General Malami on his part may have joined the conspiracy to fire Magu from the EFCC because the AGF is close to interests that see Magu as a threat.
Soon after Magu’s appointment, the AGF had written a scathing report addressed to President Buhari stating why he was completely opposed to Magu’s confirmation as the substantive EFCC chairman.
It was learned that, as part of the internal conspiracy to stall Magu’s confirmation, Kyari, refused to forward a letter to the Senate requesting for confirmation of the EFCC boss.
However, while President Buhari was in the United Kingdom in June 2016 for a short vacation and medical checkup, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo invoked his powers as acting president to compel the Chief of Staff to send a letter to the Senate asking for Magu’s confirmation.
Kyari sent the letter, but as soon as President Buhari returned the Chief of Staff showed him “mountains of security reports,” including some that claimed Magu was leaking presidential secrets to Sahara reporters and other news media.
Investigations also revealed that Saraki has been an active player in the plot to stop Magu who had offended the senator twice during his political career.
It was also gathered that Magu has made efforts on his own to reach out to Senators to confirm him. Investigations disclosed that some of the top senators demanded that he drop investigations against them or hand over their files to them for destruction before they would back his confirmation.
Two EFCC sources said that Magu tactically decided to slow down on prosecuting high-profile corruption cases in order to advance his confirmation.
Meanwhile, Babachir Lawal, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation(SGF), has said he is honored to be a member of a cabal in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The SGF in an interview with Channels TV reacting to claims that a cabal has hijacked the Buhari-led administration, said he his honoured to be a cabal in the present administration.
Source : Naij.comNaij.com