Buhari affirms suspension of Magu as EFCC acting Chairman

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the suspension of Ibrahim Magu as acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) days after appearing before an investigative panel over corruption allegations

A statement from the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami noted that the suspension takes immediate effect was to allow unhindered inquiry by the Presidential Investigation Panel under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act and other relevant laws.

The statement signed by the minister’s Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Umar Gwandu revealed that President Buhari has directed the EFCC Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar, to take charge and oversee the activities of the commission.

According to Gwandu, Umar will oversee EFCC’s activities pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation and further directives in that regard.

“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.

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.