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Journalists barred as Magu faces panel in Aso Rock while DSS denies arrest

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Journalists have been barred from a sitting of a panel set up to probe alleged violations against the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu. Magu is currently being quizzed by the panel sitting at the Conference Centre of the Presidential villa, Abuja.

The Daily Trust reports that Journalists, who had arrived to cover the event at about 3:20pm, were denied access by security personnel. “They said you people should excuse the use of this place for today,” a security official detailed to the venue, politely told reporters.

Magu was said to have been arrested by the Department of State Security (DSS) in Abuja on Monday. This came after allegations that he owns four properties and is transferring funds abroad through a third party.

He was said to have been stopped in traffic while moving out of the Wuse II Annex of the EFCC in Abuja and the invitation was extended to him.

However, in a quick statement made available to journalists, the Department of State Services denied reports that its operatives arrested Magu.

The service in a statement by its spokesman, Peter Afunanya, said that Magu is not in its custody. “The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the public that it did not arrest Ibrahim MAGU, Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as has been reported by sections of the media. The Service, has since, today, 6th July, 2020, been inundated with enquiries over the alleged arrest,” he said.

The AGF had asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Mr. Magu over some allegations, including the diversion of recovered loot. However, Mr Magu had previously denied any wrong doing and described all allegations against him as “politically motivated”.

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