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EXCLUSIVE: This Man Stole From Nigeria-Today, He’s Minister In Buhari’s Cabinet by Racoon(m): 2:03am On Nov 12
Bashir Magashi is one of the 44 ministers inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari last week.Nigerians demand sack of Buhari's minister busted for $550,000 theft.

As a top army officer holding command position, he abused public trust and was caught with his hand in the cookie jar.Realising that he had been boxed into a tight corner, with clear evidence of ìaffected by the policy.

Sullen and distraught, he begged authorities, offering to forfeit more than two-thirds of his loot hidden in a secret bank account offshore, those familiar with the matter told PREMIUM TIMES.

He did not want to be prosecuted or publicly humiliated over the matter. His traducers empathised with him, accepted his offer, secretly reprimanded him and allowed him the freedom to enjoy the remainder of his loot in peace.


But that man Bashir Magashi, a retired army major general who got away with a slap on the wrist after stealing and shipping abroad not less than $550,000 while in service, has now bounced back, emerging one of the country’s most powerful ministers.

Last Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed him to take charge of the nation’s defence ministry, a government department with the third-highest budgetary spending for 2019 –N159.13 billion.

Mr Magashi, 74, was a former military governor of Sokoto State (1990–1992) and was appointed the commander of the strategic Brigade of Guards in September 1993 ahead of Sani Abacha’s coup in November of that year.

The officer soon became a prominent and trusted member of Mr Abacha’s inner caucus. Members of that administration’s kitchen cabinet were from time to time arbitrarily allowed access to the nation’s coffers. At times, they were illegally allocated crude oil which they sold for hefty amounts of money. Mr Magashi benefitted generously from that arrangement.

fter Mr Abacha died in 1998, the officer was appointed commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy, a position he held till 1999 when the new Olusegun Obasanjo administration compulsorily retired all military officers who had served for six or more months in government. Mr Magashi was among those affected by the policy.

Uncovering Mr Magashi’s loot.

Shortly after coming to power, the Obasanjo administration rolled out an ambitious anti-corruption programme. Apart from setting up anti-corruption agencies, that government also hired Swiss lawyer, Enrico Monfrini, to help it track and repatriate funds stolen and stashed abroad by Mr Abacha and his collaborators.

PREMIUM TIMES investigation shows that one of the accounts uncovered by Mr Monfrini was a nominee (secret) one held for Mr Magashi at the Jessey, UK, branch of Bank PNP Paribus. The account had $550,000 (about N200million at N362 to a dollar then).

Those familiar with the matter said immediately Mr Obasanjo was briefed by the Swiss lawyer, he directed the then National Security Adviser, Abdullahi Mukhtar, to contact Mr Magashi and other past and serving officials who abused their offices and stashed public funds in foreign banks.

They must be compelled to surrender their loots, the then president ordered.On October 26, 2006, the NSA, via memo NSA/A/225/I/C, updated Mr Obasanjo on the cases of Mr Magashi and four others.“The account (held for Mr Magashi) has a total deposit of $550,000 and it remained intact until it was frozen in 2001,” Mr Mukhtar wrote in his memo.

The then NSA said when confronted, Mr Magashi admitted wrongdoing, saying the money was a proceed of illegal crude oil allocation Mr Abacha made to members of the Provisional Ruling Council (PRC) under his government.

The officer was not a registered oil trader at the time.And being a public servant, it was illegal for him to directly engage in private businesses.
President Obasanjo then directed that the entire sum be recovered from the retired general, the then NSA said.

However, “General Magashi pleaded for a concession & Mr President left for him $150,000 from the said sum and to remit $400,000 to FGN which he has complied with as evidenced at Annex A, hereby attached,” Mr Mukhtar said.

Mr Magashi was granted that concession, and no charges were brought against him. It remains unclear why that approach was adopted in handling the matter. Both Messrs Mukhtar & Obasanjo could not be reached to comment for this story.Their known mobile telephone lines were reported switched off for most of Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

The minister declined to comment for this report. He didnt respond to multiple calls txt messages, WhatsApp messages and emails requesting his comment.

Is Buhari aware?
It remains unclear Wednesday morning if President Muhammadu Buhari was aware of Mr Magashi’s involvement in the looting of Nigeria during the Abacha regime. Spokesperson Garba Shehu did not answer or return multiple calls from one of our reporters.

But a presidency official, who asked not to be named because he has no permission to grant media interviews, said, “I can tell you that there is no way the president would have ignored that kind of matter to appoint him if he were made aware.”

If true that the president had no knowledge that Mr Magashi once forfeited looted funds, it means the State Security Service, charged with vetting appointees to top government positions, again failed to do its job well.

The SSS had also failed in 2015 to detect that the NYSC certificate presented by former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, was fake.

It also means that the Nigerian Senate, which holds confirmation hearings for ministerial nominees,did a shoddy job, failing to detect Mr Magashi’s corrupt past.

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/349164-exclusive-this-man-stole-from-nigeria-today-hes-minister-in-buharis-cabinet.html

Re: EXCLUSIVE: This Man Stole From Nigeria-Today, He’s Minister In Buhari’s Cabinet by Racoon(m): 2:15am On Nov 12
".The then NSA said when confronted, Mr Magashi admitted wrongdoing, saying the money was a proceed of illegal crude oil allocation Mr Abacha made to members of the Provisional Ruling Council (PRC) under his government.

The officer was not a registered oil trader at the time.And being a public servant, it was illegal for him to directly engage in private businesses...

"...On corruption, there will be no confusion as to where I stand. Corruption will have no place and the corrupt will not be appointed into my administration...."
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vanguardngr.com/2015/02/chatham-house-buharis-speech-on-nigerias-transition/amp/

The guy just carry over the looting to next level just as Mamman Daura & others.Guess Bubu is still pwightin kwarrapton according to zombies?
cc: Sarrki

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Re: EXCLUSIVE: This Man Stole From Nigeria-Today, He’s Minister In Buhari’s Cabinet by Racoon(m): 2:23am On Nov 12
A government that have officially legalized corruption.

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Re: EXCLUSIVE: This Man Stole From Nigeria-Today, He’s Minister In Buhari’s Cabinet by matify83: 2:27am On Nov 12
In this era of government rolling out bills, acts and rubber stamped laws from the "assembled house of commotion" to stifile investigative journalism , I guess this news may be termed "fake" and culpable of running foul of the "Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill" currently being debated on the floor of the house for passage into law.

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Re: EXCLUSIVE: This Man Stole From Nigeria-Today, He’s Minister In Buhari’s Cabinet by Oshin56(m): 2:28am On Nov 12
Is only zone b that believed in the word that baba is fighting corruption.

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Re: EXCLUSIVE: This Man Stole From Nigeria-Today, He’s Minister In Buhari’s Cabinet by Racoon(m): 2:31am On Nov 12
matify83:
In this era of government rolling out bills, acts and rubber stamped laws from the "assembled house of commotion"

I guess this news may be termed "fake" and culpable of running foul of the "Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill currently being debated on the floor of the house for passage into law.
Ask Premium Times that did the investigative report.Guess these among the many Corruption of the present APC government are also fake?

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Re: EXCLUSIVE: This Man Stole From Nigeria-Today, He’s Minister In Buhari’s Cabinet by matify83: 2:40am On Nov 12
Racoon:
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Ask Premium Times that did the investigative report.Guess these among the many Corruption of the present APC government are also fake?

You need to grab some sleep so you can decipher the sarcasm in my post.

We are on the same page bro.!

The Raccoon( though your's is Racoon) is outstanding for it's "Eyes". Shine your eye so you don't fight every post blindly.

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Re: EXCLUSIVE: This Man Stole From Nigeria-Today, He’s Minister In Buhari’s Cabinet by Maxymilliano(m): 2:53am On Nov 12
This is how Buhari is fighting corruption ...

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Re: EXCLUSIVE: This Man Stole From Nigeria-Today, He’s Minister In Buhari’s Cabinet by LadySarah(f): 3:13am On Nov 12
Who does not know.
Just Cross over to APC and your sins will be forgiven.

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Re: EXCLUSIVE: This Man Stole From Nigeria-Today, He’s Minister In Buhari’s Cabinet by Nobody: 3:19am On Nov 12
Buhari has been a thief right from beginning,hatred against igbos is what kept us here, because GEJ carried ibos along with other Nigerians,we must change him today were are we heading ?

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Re: EXCLUSIVE: This Man Stole From Nigeria-Today, He’s Minister In Buhari’s Cabinet by J111333(m): 3:25am On Nov 12
Maxymilliano:
This is how Buhari is fighting corruption ...
This your picture is so apt. cheesy
Buhari is not fighting corruption but chasing shadows.

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Re: EXCLUSIVE: This Man Stole From Nigeria-Today, He’s Minister In Buhari’s Cabinet by Racoon(m): 4:13am On Nov 12
The All Progressive Congress (APC) has said once those who looted the nation’s treasury join its fold, all their sins will be forgiven....
https://politicstimesng.com/apc-once-you-join-apc-all-your-sins-are-forgiven/
Re: EXCLUSIVE: This Man Stole From Nigeria-Today, He’s Minister In Buhari’s Cabinet by Abouwaza(m): 4:29am On Nov 12
Racoon are you kola ologbodiyan?
Re: EXCLUSIVE: This Man Stole From Nigeria-Today, He’s Minister In Buhari’s Cabinet by punisha: 5:08am On Nov 12
This isn't news...

Till all these vile men are purged, Nigeria will never get better.

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Re: EXCLUSIVE: This Man Stole From Nigeria-Today, He’s Minister In Buhari’s Cabinet by olu77(m): 5:30am On Nov 12
Go and still some more. Stealing is not = corruption.
Re: EXCLUSIVE: This Man Stole From Nigeria-Today, He’s Minister In Buhari’s Cabinet by orisa37: 6:53am On Nov 12
Racoon:


https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/349164-exclusive-this-man-stole-from-nigeria-today-hes-minister-in-buharis-cabinet.html




This is not a Democracy. It's a Military in Agbada Fulanis' Organized Robbery Venture.
Re: EXCLUSIVE: This Man Stole From Nigeria-Today, He’s Minister In Buhari’s Cabinet by Niaja4real(m): 6:58am On Nov 12
Re: EXCLUSIVE: This Man Stole From Nigeria-Today, He’s Minister In Buhari’s Cabinet by helinues: 7:13am On Nov 12
I am just imagining how life woukd be miserable for Wailers if they are still going to wail for the next 3 years plus....
Re: EXCLUSIVE: This Man Stole From Nigeria-Today, He’s Minister In Buhari’s Cabinet by EagleNest(m): 8:17am On Nov 12
He owned up and forfeited the money even though it was extra gracie from military government in power, not that he schemed, inflated or stole directly from the cofer. By Nigeria standard I will think he is fairly OK when compared to many rogues of that era and now. So why not, unless there are other worst things from him.
Re: EXCLUSIVE: This Man Stole From Nigeria-Today, He’s Minister In Buhari’s Cabinet by FakeManna: 8:51am On Nov 12
helinues:
I am just imagining how life woukd be miserable for Wailers if they are still going to wail for the next 3 years plus....

Nonsense trash

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