Presidency suspends12 EFCC directors, allows Magu home

The Federal Government has approved the suspension of 12 directors and top staff of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, even as the suspended Acting Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu is freed from detention.

The notice of suspension was communicated to the Acting Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Mohammed Umar, on Tuesday night by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

It was gathered that some of those affected claimed that they were not directly involved in Magu’s administration while others were involved in investigating him.

Last week, the suspended acting chairman was arrested and brought before a presidential panel led by a retired President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami, probing the operations of the agency under him.

He was accused of purchasing a property in Dubai, United Arab Emirates using a pastor as a conduit and laundering over N500 billion through a bureau-de-change in Kaduna.

Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has washed his hands clean from Magu’s ordeal. The IGP asked Magu’s counsel, Tosin Ojaomo, to direct the request for his client’s bail to the presidential panel probing him.

Magu is being interrogated by a presidential investigation committee headed by Justice Ayo Salami following corruption allegations levelled against him by the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

In a letter addressed to the lawyer with reference number CB:7000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOL.489/171, dated July 14, Adamu explained that Magu was not being detained by the police but by the panel investigating the activities of the EFCC.

The Police chief said: “your letter 00C/TOL/89A/07/2020 of July 10 on the above-underlined subject refers. The Inspector-General of Police directs that your attention be drawn to the fact that the Nigeria Police Force is not investigating C.P Ibrahim Magu (your client) and he is not being detained by the police but by the presidential panel that is investigating the activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

“The Inspector-General of Police, therefore, advises that you consider re-directing your request to the chairman of the presidential panel for appropriate attention.’’