President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mohammed Umar as the new acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, the media aide to Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, made this known in a statement on Friday.
He noted that the President has also approved the suspension of Ibrahim Magu as the acting Chairman of the anti-graft agency.
Malami said the reason for Magu’s suspension is to allow the unhindered probe by the Presidential Investigation Panel under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act and other relevant laws.
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that Umar was formerly the head of operations of the EFCC before his new appointment. He has been overseeing the commission since the begining of the probe of Magu over allegations of fraud and diversion of recovered loot.
The statement read in part, “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate suspension of Ibrahim Magu as Ag. Chairman EFCC in order to allow for unhindered inquiry by the Presidential Investigation Panel under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act and other relevant laws.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has also approved that the EFCC Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar, should take charge and oversee the activities of the Commission pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation and further directives in that regards.”
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