- Top police officers have reportedly started lobbying to replace the suspended acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu
- Many senior police officers have reportedly shown interest in becoming the next head of the EFCC
- However, officials close to the president are said to be proposing for a non-police officer to head the agency
Following the reported suspension of Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), top police officers have reportedly started lobbying to replace him.
According to The Leadership newspaper, many senior police officers have already started lobbying to become the next chairman of the EFCC.
Though no name has been tipped to replace Magu, officials close to the president are reportedly proposing that the appointment of the next EFCC chairman should be made outside the police force.
A top source told the newspaper that officers who want the job have started lobbying people in government for the position.
"Police officers who believe they are qualified for the job have started speaking to top people in government to get the lucrative job. But the president is not keen about who takes over from Magu for now," the source was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, some Nigerian politicians who have tasted prosecution and investigations from anti-graft agencies, have spoken out on what is happening to Magu.
One of these politicians is a former governor of Ekiti, Peter Ayodele Fayose, who on Tuesday, July 7, made known his position on the travails of the acting EFCC boss who was recently suspended.
On his official and verified Twitter account, Fayose called on the federal government to place Magu on its watch-list so that he will not be able to escape prosecution and trial.
Fayose also urged the EFCC, the Department of State Services, The Nigerian Customs Service, the Nigerian Police Force, the Nigerian Immigration Service and the Armed Forces to be on the lookout for Magu.
The former governor said: "Just as Magu directed that I be placed on the 'watch-list' even when I had immunity as a sitting gov, Magu too must be placed on a watch-list so that he won't run away." EFCC, DSS, Customs, Police, Immigration, Army, Navy, Air Force, others, over to you. What goes around comes around."
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