- Police operatives serving at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have been withdrawn
- The officers were withdrawn following orders from the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu
- Adamu also directed that all withdrawn operatives should be replaced
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Following the ongoing probe against the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the withdrawal of all police officers serving at the agency.
According to a report by The Nation, Adamu on Friday, July 10, directed that all operatives were to be withdrawn from the commission.
Adamu's instruction was reported to be contained in a memo sent to the Assistant Inspector General (AIG), Police Mobile Force (PMF), PMF Squadrons one to 79, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The police boss also directed that the exact number of officers that were withdrawn to be replaced with new operatives.
While noting that only EFCC staff should be allowed to gain access to the premises, Adamu said all withdrawn operatives must report to the force by 8 am on Monday, July 13.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the suspended acting chairman of the EFCC requested for bail after four days in detention.
Magu who is under investigation by a presidential panel has asked Adamu, to grant him bail. The embattled EFCC boss has spent the fourth day in detention.
Meanwhile, the former anti-graft agency boss also reportedly denied ever giving Nigeria's Vice President Yemi Osinbajo N4billion.
He was said to have made the denial when reacting to claims in the media that he transferred N4billion to Osinbajo. A member of the investigating committee said Magu described the report as false, pointing out that he does not have access to such a huge amount of cash.
He reportedly said he did not order the transfer of N4billion to the vice president or to anybody and demanded the matter to be clarified.
In a related development, the presidential probe panel led by the retired president of Court of Appeal, Ayo Salami, grilled some select operatives of the commission.
The EFCC 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 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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