EFCC says Magu didn’t divert staff pay
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said its acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu never diverted salary of operatives.
In a statement by its spokesman Wilson Uwujaren on Friday, the EFCC denied a media report that the leadership diverted N702million monthly salary meant for new operatives.
Among others alleged was that the Commission failed to pay the entitlements of Cadet Officers who completed their training at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.
According to the statement made available to Apex News, the spokesman said it was also alleged that Magu refused to pay the officers of DSC7 their entitlements.
The entitlements include their salary arrears of 13 months under training, which was budgeted for in 2016 and 2017 estimates as their date of appointment reads March 18, 2017 and their 28 days allowance for being posted to polar regions.
It also alleged that staff contributions to the Commission’s Cooperative Society was diverted to the construction of the head office building of the Commission, making it impossible for staff members to access their contributions, he said.
Uwujaren, however said, “For the avoidance of doubt, the Commission wishes to state that there is no N702milllion that was diverted from the salaries of any group of employees of the Commission.”
He noted that the idea of diversion of salaries of newly recruited cadet officer may well be part of a plot to incite impressionable young officers to mutiny against the Commission’s leadership.
“It is important to state that the Commission as a law enforcement agency has established protocols and regulations on the administration of emolument to all cadres of staff.
“Cadet Officers in training are entitled to allowances and this was duly paid to not only the Detective Superintendent Course 7 officers who completed their training on May 11, but to officers of Detective Inspector and Detective Assistant cadre who completed their trainings much earlier.