President Buhari has approved the immediate suspension of Ibrahim Magu as acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
A new official has reportedly been selected to head the anti-Corruption Agency, following Ibrahim Magu’s suspension as the acting chairman of the Commission.
Umar Gwandu, the media aide to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami today July 10, has revealed.
According to him, the President has also directed Mohammed Umar to take charge and oversee the affairs of the commission pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation of Magu by a presidential panel.
The statement, partly reads:
“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate suspension of Ibrahim Magu as Ag. Chairman EFCC in order to allow for unhindered inquiry by the Presidential Investigation Panel under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act and other relevant laws.
A senior EFCC source, who does not want to be named, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that Umar was selected by EFCC’s hierarchy after the commission learnt of Magu’s suspension.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved that the EFCC Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar, should take charge and oversee the activities of the Commission pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation and further directives in that regards.”
The suspended EFCC boss, who was detained by the police after Monday’s interrogation, was returned to police custody at 8:30pm on Tuesday, and is currently being investigated for alleged crimes bordering on corruption, diversion of recovered funds among others.