- A presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, has reacted to reports that suspended EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu has been replaced
- Onochie in a series expressing disappointment at the reports hinted that Magu has not been replaced following his suspension
- The presidential aide urged people to wait until an official statement is released
Lauretta Onochie, the social media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, has hinted that Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has not yet been replaced.
Onochie disclosed this in a tweet via her Twitter account on Thursday, July 9, in reaction to reports that a new official has reportedly been selected to head the anti-graft agency.
The presidential aide expressed disappointment as to how five different men were appointed on Wednesday, July 8, to head the EFCC following Magu’s suspension.
While noting that it was sad many fell into the trap of fake news, the president's aide urged everyone to wait until an official announcement is made.
Onochie went on to say that there is no honour in breaking fake news. She said: "The best thing to do is for everyone to chill. Let's wait until we have an official announcement.
The rush to break news has now become the rush to break fake news. There's no honour in breaking fake news. Let's be patient till we hear from official sources."
It would be recalled that a new official was reportedly selected to head the affairs of the anti-corruption agency following the reported suspension of the acting chairman of the EFCC.
A senior EFCC source, who does not want to be named, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, July 7, that Mohammed Umar, the director of operations at the commission has been picked to oversee the affairs of the agency in place of Magu.
According to the official, Umar was selected by EFCC’s hierarchy after the commission learnt that Magu has been suspended.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the acting chairman of the EFCC was reportedly suspended by President Buhari.
He was reportedly suspended on Tuesday, July 7, to allow him to face a probe into the allegations of misconduct against him. Top presidential sources who did not want to be named, confirmed the suspension of Magu.
Magu's reported suspension comes a day after he was summoned by a presidential panel for questioning over alleged infractions against him. He was reported to have been questioned for several hours by members of the panel in the presence of an EFCC counsel member, Rotimi Oyedepo.
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