Unknown security agents have reportedly searched the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu’s uncompleted bungalow in Karshi, an Abuja suburb, in search of some evidence.
According to The Nation newspaper, the agents were said to have dug up a soak-away pit at the site – apparently in search of buried cash or some documents.
But the combing of the bungalow yielded no fruit as nothing incriminating was found.
Also, some lobbyists have allegedly visited London with the names of two likely candidates to succeed Magu.
The preferred candidates are a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) and an Assistant Commissioner of Police, with the DCP highly-favoured.
A source, who spoke in confidence, said: “Some powerful forces have decided to prevail on the President to remove Magu, having been rejected twice by the Senate. They said Magu should not be treated as indispensable.
“Some of them are angry that the EFCC has been closing in on them and their associates. Others have outstanding reports against them.
“They are using likely conflict between the Presidency and the National Assembly as an excuse but they are out to protect class interest.
“Some of them have also been uncomfortable with the style of the EFCC chairman. They alleged that it might have political backlash for the President.
“If care is not taken, these powerful lobbyists may have their way. A principal officer of the National Assembly is said to be highly connected with one of the shortlisted candidates.
“The plot has been perfected in a manner that Magu’s removal might be a priority decision of the government before or when the President returns.”
It was also learnt that there are five options on Magu, including outright sack or retirement to pave the way for his trial in court over the DSS report; redeployment to the police; foreign posting as a Defence Attache; and redeployment to Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Offences Commission (ICPC) as Director of Operations.