- 11 senior officials of the EFCC have been sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari
- One of the personnel is the agency's executive secretary, Olanipekun Olukoyede
- A source in the presidency said that the operatives were suspended over alleged corrupt practices
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There has been a massive sweep of senior officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by the presidency following the suspension of its former chairman, Ibrahim Magu.
According to presidential sources, the executive secretary of the commission, Olanipekun Olukoyede has been suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari, PM News reports.
Apart from Olukoyede, not less than 11 other top operatives in the agency were also suspended by the president.
The source told journalists that the personnel were suspended "for various alleged criminal and corrupt infractions.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that as the probe by the Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Assets (PCARA) on Magu continues, some top operatives of the EFCC were regarded as persons of interest.
In light of this, the federal government has ordered the deployment of security and intelligence agencies at the headquarters of the EFCC in Abuja and all its offices throughout Nigeria.
In fact, the movement and telephone conversations of some persons regarded as “Magu Boys” were being monitored and restricted.
According to a security source who spoke with journalists, “This is a very important investigation and we are leaving nothing to chance. All necessary measures are in place.”
Added to this, looted assets recovered by the anti-graft commission are under guard, while files at the offices are also under close surveillance.
In another post, Legit.ng reported that a combined team of riot policemen and operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) searched the residences of Magu in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Magu's private home in Karu, a suburb in Abuja and his official residence in highbrow Maitama were under siege by the security operatives.
A source quoted in the report said the operatives were detailed to conduct searches at Magu’s houses for evidence against the former EFCC boss.
A family source and domestic staff who spoke under the condition of anonymity confirmed the raids on Magu's houses.
“As I speak with you our men are on their way to Maitama, having finished with his house in Karu,” one of the sources said.
Buhari suspends Magu as EFCC boss, Nigerians react | Legit TV