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Police deny former EFCC chairman Ibrahim Magu promotion

Post created on July 9, 2021

Magu’s promotion is pending clearance from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation.

The ex-EFCC boss served as acting chairman of the anti-graft agency from 2015 to 2020, and was rejected twice by the Senate.

Magu was later suspended along with several others for allegedly mismanaging funds of the commission, an allegation he repeatedly denied.

He was probed for over three months by a judicial panel of inquiry led by a former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami.


Media reports this week that there were plans to promote him caused public outrage, as he is yet to be charged for any of his alleged crimes, and remains in limbo.

The PSC announced in a statement on Thursday, July 8, 2021 that his anticipated promotion to the next rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police has been declined.

The PSC said,

“The Commission declined the promotion of CP Magu pending clearance from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and the Office of the Inspector General of Police,”

Magu’s 2015 appointment was never confirmed by the Senate who received damning reports from the Department of State Services (DSS) about his prior misconduct in office.


This did not stop President Muhammadu Buhari from keeping him on in an acting capacity as he led the administration’s publicised fight against corruption for five years.


It was the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who authored the petition that led to Magu’s arrest last year, and he was questioned by a presidential panel that also questioned witnesses of his alleged crimes.

He was accused of failing to account for security votes of N431 million; disappearing evidence of ongoing investigations; and suppressing high profile cases.

The Justice Ayo Salami-led panel recommended his removal and prosecution, and Abdulrasheed Bawa was named as his replacement earlier this year.



The PSC on Thursday confirmed the acting appointments of three Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, and also approved the promotion of 24 Commissioners of Police to the next rank of AIG.

The Commission also approved the promotion of 35 Deputy Commissioners of Police to the rank of Commissioners; 52 Assistant Commissioners of Police to Deputy Commissioners; and 46 Chief Superintendents of Police to Assistant Commissioners.

It also approved the promotion of 10 Superintendents of Police to Chief Superintendents; 17 Deputy Superintendents of Police to Superintendents; 139 Assistant Superintendents of Police whose names were skipped during the last promotion, to Deputy Superintendents; and nine Inspectors to Assistant Superintendents of Police.

PSC chairman, Musiliu Smith, urged the promoted officers to remain committed to the service of the nation, and to operate within the laws of the land and with the fear of God.

The retired former Inspector-General of Police said the PSC will continue to ensure that promotions in the Police will follow due process.


What has the Presidency said?

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said President Muhammadu Buhari is not responsible for promotion in the Nigeria Police Force, the presidency said on Thursday.

The President’s media aide said promotion in the nation’s police structure is determined by the PSC, noting that his principal had no hand in the exercise.

Shehu said,

“President Buhari, or any Nigerian President for that matter, is not responsible for promotions in the Police. That is the business of the Police Service Commission, PSC,”

“In the case of the gentleman in question, who is currently under investigation, common sense dictates that his eligibility will be determined by that outcome. The PSC could have given you the correct position on this if there was an effort to reach them.”

Shehu’s reaction followed some rumours suggesting that President Buhari was pushing for the Magu’s promotion who has been under probe over allegations of misuse of his office.

Some reports had emerged that Magu had been penciled down for promotion from present CP rank to AIG by the PSC despite the alleged adverse recommendations of the Justice Ayo Salami panel that investigated the allegations.

But the PSC in a statement by its Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, “declined the promotion of CP Magu pending clearance from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and the Office of the Inspector General of Police.”


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