MR. IBRAHIM MUSTAFA MAGU
A new page turned in the evolution of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, November 11, 2015,as Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, formally assumed office as the acting Chairman of the Commission. Two days earlier, the Federal Government had announced his appointment in succession to Ibrahim Lamorde who held the post between November 28, 2011 and November 9, 2015. By the appointment, Magu becomes the fourth chief executive of the agency, after Nuhu Ribadu, Farida Waziri and Lamorde.
''General'' as he is fondly called, Magu is no stranger to the operations, philosophy, ideals and objectives of the EFCC, being a pioneer staff of the Commission. He is an illustrous member of the elite corps of officers whose sacrifices and courage in handling some of the tricky investigations in the formative years of the agency imbued the Commission with much respect and reverence.
His slim physique and simple carriage rarely gives him away as a ''no nonsense'' investigator that is dreaded by the corrupt in society. Yet, his emergence as the new anti-graft czar is likely to fill the Nigerian elite who have soiled their hands in shady deals, with dread.
An Assistant Commissioner of Police, Magu has held several leadership positions within and outside of the EFCC as - an attestation to being a thoroughbred investigator attuned with best international practices.
He started his EFCC career as pioneer head of the Economic Governance Section of the Operations Department. That unit handles most of the high profile cases involving politically exposed persons.
His service with the EFCC was however interrupted in 2008, when he was returned to the Nigeria Police by former EFCC Chairman, Farida Waziri. He was recalled to the Commission in 2011 by his predecessor, Ibrahim Lamorde, and appointed deputy director in the newly created Department of Internal Affairs, saddled with the responsibility of enforcing discipline and ensuring that staffs exemplify the Commission's core values of integrity, courage and professionalism in both their official conducts and private lives.
Prior to coming to the EFCC, Magu had the privilege of international law enforcement exposure when he served as member of the Nigerian Contingent to the United Nations Peace Keeping operations in Bosnia.
His last assignment before receiving the nod of President Buhari to step in as acting EFCC chair was as a member of the investigative committee convened by the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, to probe the procurement of arms in the Armed Forces between 2007 and 2015.
The 53-year-old crack detective is a native of Maiduguri, Borno State, and holds an honours degree in Accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University.
Since enlisting into the Nigeria Police in 1990 as Assistant Superintendent of Police, he has attended numerous courses both locally and internationally, including at the famous FBI Institute, in the United States and the London Metropolitan Police Institute.
Magu is married and blessed with children