By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor
Ninety six hours after the Department of State Security Service, DSS, had used a ‘security report’ to stall the confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, documents emerged last night to prove that the security agency lied in many respect against Magu.
Documents obtained by Vanguard show that contrary to the DSS report that a businessman, Umar Mohammed, a retired air force officer, paid and furnished Magu’s mansion, the acting EFCC chairman, actually lives in a rented apartment officially paid and furnished by the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, which is statutorily mandated to do so for all senior government officials, including those of the Senate and the House of Represenatives.
Vanguard was told by top officials last night that most top government functionaries, including the NASS, had also been given similar accommodation by the agency while others who are staying in their personal houses, had demanded and collected cash in respect of rent and furniture.
Findings by our correspondent showed that the Abuja Metropolitan management Council, AMMC, awarded the contract for the two-year rent and furnishing of the house to an Abuja-based company, Valcour SA Nigeria Limited on March 30, 2016 at the total cost of N43.8 million with a six-week period to complete the job.
Out of the amount, N28 million was meant for two years’ rent (N14 m per annum) while the balance of N15.8 was meant for furnishing.
The offer letter with ref. No. AMMC/Adm/907 and dated march 30, 2016, was signed by Ibrahim Ibrahim Gusau, the Secretary of the Tenders Board with the caption “Provisional Award of contract for rent of residential accommodation and furnishing for security operatives”.
It was addressed to M/S Valcour SA Ltd, 8, Kainji Street, Maitama, Abuja.