EFCC: Buhari suspends Magu, after almost 5 years in office without Senate confirmation

Ibrahim Magu

The embattled acting chairman of Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, Ibrahim Magu has been suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Magu, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), had been summoned before a Presidential probe panel on Monday, after which he was said to have been taken into custody by the police, at Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) Headquarters in Abuja, where it was said he passed the night.

The suspended EFCC boss was said to have been grilled for six hours by members of the probe panel investigating corruption allegations level against him by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami.

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It was as a result of the allegations, it was said President Buhari set up the panel to probe various allegations of financial corruption and abuse of office privileges levelled against Malami.

Magu, said to be President Buhari’s favourite for the top EFCC job had occupied office for almost five years, from November 9, 2015, but the President’s requests for the Senate to formally confirmed him according to constitutional provisions were turned down repeatedly.