SWITZERLAND, JULY 8 – Mr Mohammed Umar, the Director of Operations, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has been picked to oversee the affairs of the agency in the absence of the suspended acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, media reports have indicated.
According to the news Agency of Nigeria (NAN), a source who asked not to be named, said Umar was chosen by the “EFCC’s hierarchy” following the reported suspension of Magu. The official, however, said that the commission had not received any official communication on the reported suspension.
According to NAN, spokesman of the EFCC, Mr Dele Oyewale, declined comments when contacted to confirm the latest development. The embattled acting chairman is being interrogated by a presidential panel set up to probe allegations of gross misconduct against him.
This latest development has confirmed the reported suspension of the EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, on Tuesday.
Media reports quoting sources from within the presidency said Mr Magu was suspended on Tuesday by the Buhari administration amidst allegations of gross misconduct. It has not been established as at press time, whether the order for his suspension came directly from the president.
Magu’s suspension follows weeks of pressure from the Attorney-General of the Federation(AGF), Abubakar Malami to remove him, and hours of detention in the custody of government security forces.
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.
The DSS had earlier denied knowledge of his arrest. However, subsequent reports confirmed the development.
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.