ABUJA: The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has been reportedly suspended from office.
Magu was suspended on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 by the Buhari administration amidst allegations of gross misconduct, two senior EFCC officials familiar with the development.
The suspension was also confirmed by top officials at the presidency.
The officials, who spoke under anonymity because the matter was still developing and the memo conveying it was yet to be delivered to Mr Magu and other concerned parties, said the next most-senior EFCC official next to Mr Magu was asked to take charge.
Recalled, Mr Magu was recently accused of corruption, insubordination and abuse of office by Attorney-General Abubakar Malami.
Stemming from Mr Malami’s allegations, Mr Magu was allegedly arrested on Monday, July 6, 2020 morning by a police team outside his office in Abuja.
He was driven to the Presidential Villa where he appeared before a panel investigating the allegations against him.
After his appearance before the panel, he was allegedly taken into custody by the police, where he was held overnight by detectives.
Mr Magu has been leading the anti-graft agency in acting capacity since 2016, overseeing scores of high-profile corruption cases that have seen many politicians and businessmen convicted and sentenced to prison.
He strongly denied wrongdoing, with his aides arguing that he has run the office diligently and away from sharp practices.