How EFCC arrested fake Magu in sting operation

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested one Felix Idowu for allegedly impersonating its Acting Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu.

EFCC spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement on Wednesday, said the suspect was an estate agent and a graduate of Political Science.

According to Uwujaren, Idowu was found with documents which had the forged signature of the EFCC boss and would be charged to court as soon as the investigation was concluded.

The fake Magu, Felix Idowu

He said: “Prior to his arrest, the EFCC received intelligence report that the suspect, while posing as an operative of the EFCC, requested for money in order ‘to kill’ a petition purportedly written against the complainant.

“The EFCC swung into action by asking the complainant to play along. In the process, Idowu was asked to liaise with the complainant’s personal assistant, who was an EFCC undercover agent.

“While interacting with the undercover agent, the suspect was lured to a popular supermarket in Wuse 2, Abuja, where he was arrested on Monday, April 30.

“Upon search of his Lexus EX 350 car, a lot of documents were recovered including letter of investigation activities on a fake EFCC letter-head paper with ‘Ref No: CTGI/6/vol.1’.

“Also found was a letter of petition written to EFCC with ‘EFCC stamp received’ bearing Magu’s forged signature,’’ he said.

The impersonation of Magu and other officials of the EFCC by fraudsters has been a source of worry to the commission.


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