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Why IGP withdrew Magu’s Police detail, replaced officers attached to EFCC

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Nigeria’s number one Police officer, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the withdrawal of police detail attached to Ibrahim Magu, suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

It was also gathered that the Inspector-General of Police ordered the withdrawal of police officers guarding the official and personal residences of Magu. He further directed those police officers withdrawn to report at the Force headquarters in Abuja on Monday morning.

POLITICS NIGERIA understands that the order came hours after President Muhammadu Buhari approved the suspension of Magu as the acting EFCC chairman.

Adamu also directed the Assistant Inspector general (AIG), Police Mobile Force (PMF), PMF squadrons one to 79, Force Secretary to immediately redeploy mobile policemen attached to the EFCC.

The Police boss further directed that only the staff of EFCC should be allowed access into the commission’s premises following the attack on the new office of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU).

Recall that Magu, who is being investigated by a Presidential Panel headed by Justice Ayo Salami, asked the IGP for bail. Magu was arrested on Monday and whisked to the presidential villa in Abuja where he is being grilled by the panel over allegation of diversion of recovered loot and misconduct.

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