Magu Probe: EFCC gives 12 officials suspension letters

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At least 12 officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have been suspended indefinitely following a request by the presidential panel investigating the allegations of graft and misconduct against Ibrahim Magu, former acting Chairman of the commission.

The Ayo Salami’s led panel had suspended 12 directors of the Commission including the secretary Olanipekun Olukoyede who sources disclosed was among those given suspension letter on Monday.

Some of the officials who were handling sensitive investigations were quizzed by the Presidential Investigation Committee before their suspension. Some of those who appeared before the panel included some crack investigators, zonal heads and those in the Legal Unit.

A top source said: “After being in limbo for one week, we got our suspension letters on Monday.

“We were informed that the suspension is indefinite. We have taken it in good faith. But most of us have not received queries in our career.

“We have not even appeared before any disciplinary committee. We appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene by reversing the suspension.”

One of the officials said: “It wasn’t a friendly session but we were able to make some clarifications on our performance in office.

“A Coordinator told the committee that service and loyalty to Nigeria guided their conduct in office rather than sentiments.”

However, the spokesperson of EFCC, Dele Oyewale has said that normal activities and operations are running smoothly and seamlessly in all its zonal offices across the country, including the corporate headquarters in Abuja.

“Admittedly, latest developments in the Commission and the subsisting COVID-19 protocols necessitated the scaling down of activities”. Oyewale noted