Buhari approves immediate suspension of Magu, confirms Umar as temporary replacement

Buhari approves immediate suspension of Magu, confirms Umar as temporary replacement

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate suspension of Ibrahim Magu as acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

1st News reports that the move is in order to allow for unhindered inquiry by the Presidential Investigation Panel; under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act and other relevant laws.

The foregoing was confirmed by Dr Umar Gwandu.

Gwandu is the Special Assistant to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice on Media and Public Relations. He made this disclosure in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

Further, Gwandu noted that Buhari also approved that the EFCC Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar; should take charge and oversee the activities of the Commission. This is pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation and further directives in that regards.

1st News reports that the move is in order to allow for unhindered inquiry by the Presidential Investigation Panel; under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act and other relevant laws.

The foregoing was confirmed by Dr Umar Gwandu.

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Gwandu is the Special Assistant to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice on Media and Public Relations. He made this disclosure in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

Further, Gwandu noted that Buhari also approved that the EFCC Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar; should take charge and oversee the activities of the Commission. This is pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation and further directives in that regards.

1st News reports that Magu, who is under investigation by a presidential panel, has requested bail from custody. He has remained in custody at the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID).

Magu has been in detention at the FCID, July 6, since Monday when he first appeared before the panel. This is due to corrutption allegations levelled against him by Malami.

Also on Thursday, July 9, 16 top officials of EFCC and the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU); appeared before the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel sitting in Abuja.

It was gathered that amongst the EFCC officials who appeared before the panel are; Secretary to the EFCC, Mr. Ola Oloyede; Director of Operations, Mr. Mohammed Umar and a former Director of Organisational support – now a Commissioner of Police – Bolaji Salami.

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