President Buhari approves Ibrahim Magu’s suspension

President Buhari approves Ibrahim Magu’s suspension

- Ibrahim Magu’s suspension as EFCC acting chairman has been affirmed by President Buhari

- The attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, made the disclosure on Friday, July 10

- Magu is currently being probed by a presidential investigation panel over alleged misconduct

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the suspension of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu.

The attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, made the disclosure on Friday, July 10, in a statement through his spokesperson, Umar Gwandu, The Nation reported.

President Buhari approves Ibrahim Magu’s suspension

Mohammed Umar has been appointed as the acting chairman of the commission. Credits: Photo collage from EFCC/Presidency
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According to the statement, the president appointed the EFCC head of operations, Mohammed Umar, as the new acting chairman of the commission.

The spokesperson to Malami said Buhari approved the suspension of Magu to allow the presidential investigation panel to carry out its probe unhindered.

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“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate suspension of Ibrahim Magu as Ag. Chairman EFCC in order to allow for unhindered inquiry by the Presidential Investigation Panel under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act and other relevant laws," the statement read in part.

Meanwhile, the presidential probe panel led by the retired president of Court of Appeal, Ayo Salami, continued its investigation on the allegation of corruption levelled against the suspended acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, on Thursday, July 9.

Vanguard reported that as the interrogation entered day four on Thursday, July 9, some select operatives of the commission were grilled by the panel.

The operatives, referred to as “Magu’s Boys” are said to be seven in number, and were grilled by the presidential panel over their roles in the acting chairman’s exploits.

The newspaper noted that the seven operatives, also pejoratively called “The Untouchables” were accused of committing several atrocities, including allegedly blackmailing and extorting money from suspects, appropriating exhibits to themselves and selling off forfeited or seized assets without remitting the proceeds to government coffers.

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The report also added that the activities of the “The Untouchables,” formed part of the allegations in the memo the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari.

It was gathered that Magu was brought to Aso Villa at about 10:00 am on Thursday, July 9, for further grilling by the panel, adding that all the directors of the agency and the secretary, Ola Olukayode, were also at the panel to say what they knew about the allegations against their boss.

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