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Corruption: President Buhari Suspends All Top EFCC Officials

Corruption: President Buhari Suspends All Top EFCC Officials

President Muhammadu Buhari

* FULL STORY: 12 EFCC directors suspended — including those probing Malami

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended all top executives of the EFCC.

President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended over 10 senior officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, PM News has reported.

The report revealed the Commission’s executive Secretary Olanipekun Olukoyede was among the senior officials suspended by President Buhari.

“They were suspended for various alleged criminal and corrupt infractions,” the source said.

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They were suspended to allow for unfettered investigation of the various corruption allegations rocking the anti-graft commission.

The source also added that “All the top officials in the agency have been suspended, their offices locked, to prevent any tampering with files at the commission.”

Ibrahim Magu, who acted as the EFCC Chairman, was suspended by President Buhari last week and the director of operations, Mohammed Umar Abba, was asked to replace him.

The newspaper’s source said that the new acting Chairman survived suspension, because he was found not to be a part of the suspected underhand dealings in the agency.

FULL STORY: 12 EFCC directors suspended — including those probing Malami

Twelve directors of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have been suspended.

On Tuesday, Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), sent a letter to Mohammed Umar, acting EFCC chairman, notifying him of the suspension of the directors.

TheCable reports that some of the directors affected by the action have been a part of the team investigating Malami, though the office of the AGF linked the exercise to the probe of Ibrahim Magu, suspended acting chairman of the anti-graft agency.

Malami admitted to approving the sale of oils assets seized by the EFCC, but he said the sale followed due process.

Kabir Akingbolu, a human rights lawyer, had said the AGF risked five years in prison for “illegally” approving the auctioning of the sea vessels holding crude oil and diesel.

Last week, the suspended acting EFCC chairman was arrested and marshalled before a presidential panel led by Ayo Salami, retired president of the court of appeal, probing the operations of the agency under him.

He was later suspended and detained.

A slew of allegations has come to the fore since his arrest. He was alleged to have purchased a property in Dubai, United Arab Emirate using a pastor as a conduit.

He was also alleged to have laundered over N500 billion through a bureau-de-change in Kaduna.

Magu, through his lawyers, has denied the allegations.

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