- The presidency has replied critics who faulted the president's non-disclosure of the report on Ibrahim Magu's probe
- Some lawyers and activists criticised the president’s move when he announced Abdulrasheed Bawa as the new EFCC chairman
- Garba Shehu, a presidential aide, said the panel's report is irrelevant to the president's power to appoint a new head
Following the appointment of Abdulrasheed Bawa as the new Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) chairman, the presidency has responded to the barrage of criticisms that greeted the nomination.
According to the presidency, President Muhammadu Buhari’s power to appoint a new EFCC chair has nothing to do with the report of the Ayo Salami panel of inquiry, Premium Times reports.
Bawa, a 40-year-old trained EFCC prosecutor, was on Tuesday, February 16, appointed the substantive chairman of the anti-graft agency in a letter addressed to the Nigerian Senate.
Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu made the statement in a reply to lawyers and activists who faulted the president’s non-disclosure of the report of Salami panel before appointing a new head for the agency
Shehu explained that Buhari's power to appoint a new EFCC chair is not dependent on the report of the inquiry or any other report.
Magu reacts to Bawa's appointment as EFCC boss
The presidency's reaction is coming after the embattled former anti-graft chairman Ibrahim Magu described Bawa's appointment's as shocking.
Reacting through his lawyer Tosin Ojaomo, Magu said the "appointment came to me as a shock" as justice has not been served in respect to the allegations of power abuse levelled against him.
Ojaomo, who spoke on Channels TV, said Magu was suspended for an allegation which has not been proven against him, adding that the presidency must come out clean on whether the embattled ex-EFCC boss "has been found wanting or not".
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