NFIU: Burglary in vain, Magu Investigation stored on Cloud Servers

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Sequel to the burglary attack on National Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) investigating fraud allegations  against Ibrahim Magu, suspended Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), NFIU has disclosed that sensitive information is stored on cloud servers.

The Herald on Saturday reported that NFIU in Aso rock was burgled by unknown gunmen who stole seven computers and left many others badly damaged.

The incident which took place in the early hours of Friday was part of an alleged plot to frustrate the probe of Magu who is currently facing a Presidential Panel led by Justice Ayo Salami over corruption charges bordering on relooting recovered loot among others.

NFIU has been responsible for compiling a comprehensive report linking the embattled EFCC boss to a Bureau De Change agency through which the alleged ill-gotten funds are laundered.

Members of the Presidential Panel had planned to visit NFIU office on Friday, July 10 to sight the evidence gathered against Magu. Unfortunately, gunmen destroyed the office and computers before the arrival of the Panel.

However, NFIU sources who spoke to The Punch said the theft was in vain as such sensitive information was stored on cloud servers which leaves little or no chance for evidence tampering or theft.

An official who spoke to newsmen on condition of anonymity said, “Almost 100 per cent of our reports and information are on our servers; you cannot find any concluded reports on computers, they are on our servers or cloud storage system.”

The official also told newsmen to disregard speculations alleging a connection to the attack on the agency’s annex office in Wuse with Magu’s probe. He implied   the agency had other sensitive cases bigger than Magu’s probe.

He said “Apart from the so-called Magu investigation, we have bigger and sensitive investigations based on our mandate, so you cannot conclude that the burglary has to do with Magu, but as far as NFIU is concerned, all the information the panel required had been provided.”

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