12 directors of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have been suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, wrote the anti-graft agency’s acting chairman, Mohammed Umar, to direct the affected directors to proceed on suspension immediately.
The order comes over a week after the commission’s long-time acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, was arrested on suspicion of corrupt practices and insubordination. Since he was arrested and detained on July 6, 2020, Magu has been facing a Presidential Panel questioning him about his stewardship of the anti-graft agency.
A source told The Punch that the panel requested the suspension of the EFCC directors to enable it carry out a thorough investigation into the activities of the commission, without undue interference.
Magu, a Commissioner of Police, has denied all allegations against him, and expressed his sadness at being treated like a “common criminal”.