Thursday, July 16, 2020

EFCC executive secretary, 11 Others Suspended by Buhari





As the probe of the shenanigans under the stewardship of disgraced Ibrahim Magu deepened, no fewer than 11 senior officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) has being suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari.

It was added that, All the top officials in the agency have been suspended, their offices locked, to prevent any tampering with files at the commission.

The suspension of the officials was to allow for unfettered investigation of the commission.

President Buhari suspended Ibrahim Magu, the former acting chairman of the agency last week and appointed the Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar Abba, to hold forte.

Report says Umar Abba survived the temporary purge, as he was found not to be a part of the suspected underhand dealings in the agency.

According to the source,
Authoritative Presidency, told P.M.News that EFCC executive Secretary Olanipekun Olukoyede was among the senior officials suspended for various alleged criminal and corrupt infractions.

The Ikere-Ekiti born senior lawyer was a former chief of staff to Magu. He replaced Emmanuel Aremo, whose five-year tenure expired in July 2018.

Olukoyede became the Secretary to the EFCC in November 2018 following confirmation by the Senate.

The former acting chairman of the agency Magu, is facing for the second week, grilling by the presidential panel headed by Justice Ayo Salami, over financial allegations and improprieties, including money laundering.

He is also accused of mismanagement of recovered assets by the EFCC.

The panel has asked him to react to the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit(NFIU) report accusing him of siphoning money from the EFCC.

Among the issues Magu is helping the panel to resolve are wide discrepancies in figures of recovered monies published by the agency.

NFIU report showed that a particular Bureau de Change, owned by Ahmed Ibrahim Shanono linked to the Acting Chairman based in Kaduna has more than 158 accounts and has been receiving huge sums of funds.

The report also accused Magu of laundering money through Pastor Emmanuel Omale of Hand of God Prophetic Ministry.

Omale was alleged to have bought a landed property on behalf of Magu worth N573 million in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Magu is facing tough questioning over allegations that he re-looted funds recovered by the commission. And that he accepted bribes to pervert cases of graft.

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