Mohammed Umar, the Director of Operations, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has been chosen to fill in for the agency’s embattled boss Ibrahim Magu.
The latest development was disclosed by a top official of the commission who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja yesterday, June 7, 2020.
According to the source, Umar was picked by the EFCC’s hierarchy following the suspension of Magu, adding that the commission had not received any official communication on the reported suspension.
Ibrahim Magu is being questioned by a presidential panel set up to investigate allegations of gross misconduct on his part.
The EFCC boss appeared before the panel led by Ayo Salami on Monday, June 6, 2020, before he was reportedly taken into police custody.
The source revealed that Magu’s ordeal also emanated from complaints by the staff of the commission over poor welfare and delay in promotion.
The official said:
I can tell you that all the allegations against Magu are untrue. I see the whole situation as a power play. Preparations for the 2023 elections are another reason they want Magu out because he knows too much.
Another thing is the problem of staff welfare, imagine somebody like me for close to 10 years, I have not gained any promotion.
We are not happy about the news of his suspension, but I know that members of staff are not happy with him.”
Meanwhile, the homes were raided by security agents yesterday, Tuesday, June 7, 2020, as Daily Trust reports that operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) and riot policemen stormed Magu’s home in Karu and his official residence in Maitama, Abuja.
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