The suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, has requested to be released on bail.
Magu made the request in a letter written to the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, by one of his lawyers, Mr Oluwatosin Ojaomo, on Friday.
In a letter dated July 10, Magu, who is being investigated over corruption allegations by a special presidential panel, requested to be granted bail “on self-recognisance”.
POLITICS NIGERIA had reported that President Muhammadu had approved the suspension of Magu and approved the appointment of Mohammed Umar as the new acting EFCC chairman.
Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, the spokesman to Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said this in a statement on Friday.
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.”