President Muhammadu Buhari has approved Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s Director of Operations Mohammed Umar as the anti-graft agency’s new overseer after the suspension of the acting chairman Ibrahim Magu.
The Federal Government said Magu’s suspension is to “allow for unhindered inquiry” by the panel investigating allegations of corruption against the EFCC ex-boss.
“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,” Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations in the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, said in a statement on Friday.
Recall that Magu was arrested on Monday by a combined team of Department of State Services (DSS) personnel and policemen at the Wuse II office of the EFCC to face an interagency committee investigating corruption allegations against him. He was suspended 24-hours after the first probe which extended to about four days.
He was detained at the FCID in Area 10, Abuja, on Monday night on the orders of the committee that also questioned him on Tuesday morning. Consequently, a deputy police commissioner Mohammed Umar was appointed as EFCC acting chairman while Magu’s trial for alleged corruption continued.
In a letter addressed to the Senate President in January, Buhari had said that he believed Magu was capable of carrying his duty as the head of the anti-corruption outfit in line with the vision of the administration.
“Distinguished Senators, in view of my conviction, there is need to maintain the momentum of anti-graft fight, while I urge the Senate to reconsider Ibrahim Magu as substantive EFCC Chairman,” Buhari wrote in the letter.
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