EFFC: Umar, Olanipekun Emerge Favourites To Replace Magu •Magu Back In Detention At FCID

Posted by OUR REPORTER | 8 July 2020 | 709 times

Ibrahim Magu


Two frontrunners have emerged as likely replacement for the embattled Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

 They are top officials of the anti corruption agency. Several reports on Tuesday night named them as the Director of Operations, Mr Mohammed Umar, and Secretary, Olanipekun Olukoyede.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted an unnamed top official of the commission as saying  that Umar had been picked for the job on Tuesday night. According to the news agency, the source, who asked not to be named, said Umar was chosen by the “EFCC’s hierarchy” following the reported suspension of Magu.

The official, however, said that the commission had not received any official communication on the reported suspension.

Another report by the Daily Independent, quoting another source, said it was authoritatively informed that Olukoyede would take over as Acting Chairman of the anti-graft agency in place of suspended Magu “till further notice”.

Magu is being interrogated by a presidential panel set up to probe allegations of gross misconduct against him. He first appeared before the Ayo Salami-led panel on Monday before he was reportedly taken into police custody.

Magu was on Tuesday moved back to the Force Criminal Investigation Bureau (FCID) after

his grilling in the hands of the panel members taking place at the State House Conference Centre ended at about 8:30 pm.

The anti-graft boss was said to have been taken back to the bureau in the same manner he was driven there on Monday night. (Credit: NAN/Independent)


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