Contention as FG shops for Magu's replacement

Ibrahim Magu EFCC acting chairman
Tochi Juliet

There is contention between the Head of Operations and the commission’s secretary, Ola Olukayode, over who should act in the absence of the embattled acting chairman.

It was reported that Magu’s suspension had not been officially communicated to the Head of Operations, Mohammed Umar, who, according to the EFCC Act, is the next in command to the acting chairman, who should act in his absence.

The names of four people which includes a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) and two serving police commissioners, have been submitted to the president.

According to Vanguard News, despite a list of nominees forwarded by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, President Muhammadu Buhari has intensified his search for a possible replacement for the suspended acting Chairman of EFCC.

However, 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.

Umar, a deputy commissioner of Police, is the second most senior officer at the EFCC and Magu’s second-in-command.

Meanwhile, Malami has opposed the idea stating that Umar played a vital role in some of the official infractions he complained about in the memo to President Buhari.

Many sources confirmed that some members of the Federal Executive Council took the same stand as Malami.

"They preferred to allow instead Secretary of the EFCC, Ola Olukayode, who is not a police officer, to superintend the affairs of the agency, pending the outcome of an ongoing probe into activities of the commission under Magu.

The argument was that since most of the alleged rot in the EFCC was perpetrated by a team of selected police officers referred to as ‘Magu-boys’, it would not be wise to allow a policeman to take over Magu’s office.

They noted that some of the needed proof of evidence could be covered up under esprit de corps, saying it would be better to allow a neutral person head the commission in the interim, pending conclusion of the ongoing investigation by the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel,” sources who pleaded anonymity revealed.

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