President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly suspends 12 directors of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
According to The Punch, the order was sent out on Friday following a request by the Presidential Panel investigating the allegations of graft and misconduct against the former EFCC acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu.
CANDIID ONLINE gathered that the directors were directed by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) to proceed on suspension on Tuesday, in compliance with the presidential order.
A source said, “The panel actually requested the suspension of all the directors of the EFCC to go to enable the panel members to carry out a thorough investigation into the activities of the commission.“
Following the request, President Buhari asked the AGF to ensure he suspends the EFCC directors and other senior officials to proceed on suspension immediately. The officials were informed on Tuesday.”
Also affected was the Commission Secretary, Olanipekun Olukoyede.Recall that The Department of State Services (DSS) had earlier arrested Ibrahim Magu.
His arrest came a few days after Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), accused the anti-graft czar of gross infractions.
This prompted the setting up of a presidential panel by the President to grill Magu for six hours at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The panel, which was inaugurated about a week ago, interrogated Magu at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, after he was whisked to the venue by armed operatives of the Department of State Services.
Led by a former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami (rtd.), the panel had about seven other members, including the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Mike Ogbizi.
It also had representatives from the Office of the National Security Adviser, the DSS, and other related agencies.