The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has picked their Director of Operations, Mr. Mohammed Umar, to oversee the agency’s affairs in Magu’s absence.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), a top official of the commission disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday. The source, who asked not to be named, said the “EFCC’s hierarchy” chose Umar following the reported suspension of Magu.
However, the official revealed that the commission had not received any official communication on the reported suspension. EFCC Spokesman, Mr. Dele Oyewale, declined comments when contacted by NAN to confirm the latest development.
The suspended chairman is being interrogated by a presidential panel set up to probe allegations of gross misconduct against him. Magu appeared before the Ayo Salami-led panel on Monday before he was reportedly taken into police custody.
The EFCC official refuted all the allegations levelled against Magu. He, however, confirmed that EFCC staff were displeased with Magu over the agency’s poor welfare and delay in the promotion of staff.
He said, “I can tell you that all the allegations against Magu are untrue. I see the whole situation as a power play. Preparations for the 2023 elections are another reason they want Magu out because he knows too much. Another thing is the problem of staff welfare, imagine somebody like me for close to 10 years, I have not gained any promotion.”
“We are not happy about the news of his suspension, but I know that members of staff are not happy with him,” the official added.