Nigeria President suspended 12 EFCC directors As Police releases Magu

The former acting chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, on Wednesday got his freedom after spending 10 days in police custody.

He was released shortly after the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, directed one of his lawyers, Tosin Ojaomo, to direct his bail applications to the Presidential panel probing his activities in office.

Ojaomo confirmed the release of his client, saying, “Yes, I can confirm that Magu has been released this evening,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has ordered the suspension of 12 directors of the EFCC, including the commission’s Secretary, Olanipekun Olukoyede.

The order, one of our correspondents gathered, was handed down on Friday following a request by the presidential panel investigating the allegations of graft and misconduct against the former EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu.

The PUNCH learnt that the directors were asked 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.

“Following the request, the President asked the AGF to direct the directors and other senior officials to proceed on suspension immediately. The officials were informed on Tuesday.”

This is happening as some loyalists to Magu were said to have fled with some sensitive files requested by the presidential panel.

It was gathered that the panel called for the files, but the officials in charge were said to have failed to respond to the panel’s summons, and attempts to get the concerned officers reportedly proved abortive.

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