By Adnan Tudunwada
Further investigations into the alleged link between the embattled acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, and a retired Air Commodore, Mohammed Umar, have revealed how the Federal Capital Territory Authority, FCTA, paid the sum of N39,628,817.40 to a company linked to the latter.
In June, the SSS reportedly sought the endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari to arrest Mr. Umar, after receiving damning reports that he was involved in alleged money laundering, extortion and illegal possession of firearms.
Daily Nigerian reported on Monday how credible sources at the EFCC said Mr. Umar was actually the one who initially made the payment of the money for rent of Rudolf House in the highbrow Maitama district of the FCT, but when Mr. Magu realised that the SSS was pokenosing into the matter, the FCTA was hurriedly involved to make a fresh payment and put the new documents into record.
Emerging facts however proved that even the “cover-up payment” by the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, was made to Mr. Umar.
Sources said an e-payment schedule issued to Valcour SA Nigerian Limited by Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, published by some online newspapers was “merely a distraction” to prove the FCTA made the payment to a different entity.
Although the e-payment schedule, apparently published to prove that Mr. Magu was not linked to Mr. Umar, fresh investigations by Daily Nigerian showed the company was actually linked to Mr. Umar.
In the Corporate Affairs Commission documents perused by our reporter, Mr. Umar’s name does not reflect on Form CAC 7, which shows particulars of the company’s directors, but further findings however revealed that Mr. Umar is the sole signatory to the company’s account domiciled with Zenith Bank.
Following Mr. Magu’s rejection by the Senate, part of the issues the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, sought answers in a query to the embattled EFCC boss was his alleged links with the retired Air Force officer.