Ibrahim Magu: President Buhari suspends all top EFCC officials

President Muhammadu Buhari
Tochi Juliet

Reports have it that President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended over ten senior officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

According to PM News, who quoted a source from the presidency, the Commission’s executive Secretary Olanipekun Olukoyede was among the senior officials suspended by President Buhari.

They were suspended for various alleged criminal and corrupt infractions,” the source said.

They were suspended to allow for unfettered investigation of the various corruption allegations rocking the anti-graft commission.

The source added that “All the top officials in the agency have been suspended, their offices locked, to prevent any tampering with files at the commission.”

Ibrahim Magu, who acted as the EFCC Chairman, was suspended by President Buhari last week and the director of operations, Mohammed Umar Abba, was asked to replace him.

The newspaper's source said that the new acting Chairman survived the suspension because he was found not to be a part of the suspected underhand dealings in the agency.

Magu was suspended on account of insubordination among other top reasons like:

  1. Alleged' looting' of recovered loots' and sale of seized assets to cronies, associates and friends.
  2. Alleged favouritism towards selected EFCC investigators called the 'Magu Boys' for 'juicy' assignments.
  3. Insubordination to the Office of the AGF.
  4. Alleged discrepancies in the reconciliation records of the EFCC and the Federal Ministry of Finance on recovered funds.
  5. Alleged leakages of investigative reports that were prejudicial to some cases to some selected media.
  6. Reporting some judges to their presiding officers without deferring to the AGF.
  7. Alleged declaration of N539b as recovered funds instead of N504b earlier claimed.
  8. Not respecting court order to unfreeze N7b judgment in favour of a former executive director of a bank.
  9. Late action on the investigation of P&ID leading to legal disputes.
  10. Not providing enough pieces of evidence against some suspects including on Diezani Alison-Madueke for her extradition.

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