Umar, Olanipekun tipped to take over as EFCC Acting Chairman •Magu moved back to detention at FCID

Posted by News Express | 8 July 2020 | 3,806 times

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Two top officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) were on Tuesday night reported to have emerged as favourites to oversee the affairs of the agency in the absence of the suspended Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu. They are the Director of Operations, Mr Mohammed Umar, and Secretary, Olanipekun Olukoyede.

A top official of the commission disclosed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday that Umar had been picked for the job.

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.

Spokesman of the EFCC, Mr Dele Oyewale, declined comments when contacted by NAN to confirm the latest development.

However, a report by Daily Independent said the paper 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.

  • Based on reports by NAN, Daily Independent and Nigerian Tribune.

Source: News Express

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