Humiliated former EFCC acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu (left) in a handshake with President Muhammadu Buhari
Finally, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu has been officially suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari. The suspension is with immediate effect even though the embattled former EFCC boss has spent in detention since he was arrested for alleged corrupt offences earlier in the week.
The Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu in a statement on issued on Friday said the President approved the suspension of the EFCC boss “in order to allow for unhindered inquiry by the Presidential Investigation Panel (PIP) under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act and other relevant laws.”
The statement said, President Muhammadu Buhari has also approved that the 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.
The suspended EFCC boss is being grilled by a PIP over allegations leveled against him in a memo by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami. PIP is made up of representatives of several security agencies, which is chaired by a former President of the Court of Appeal, retired Justice Ayo Salami.