Mohammed Umar, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Director of Operations has replaced the embattled Chairman, Ibrahim Magu after being indicted and then suspended by Muhammadu Buhari.
Mohammed Umar will henceforth oversee the affairs of the commission
This was disclosed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by a top official of EFCC on Tuesday.
NAN reports that the source, who wished to be anonymous, claimed Umar was chosen by the “EFCC’s hierarchy” after Magu was suspended.
The source, however, disclosed the commission had not received any official communication on Magu’s suspension.
A presidential committee is currently probing the activities of EFCC under Magu.
This followed an indictment by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.
On Monday, Magu was picked up by security operatives said to be from the Department of State Services, DSS, and taken to the Presidential Villa, Abuja as part of the ongoing investigation.
EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, however, said Magu was only invited for questioning.
Mohammed Umar: Omokri blasts Buhari for picking another northerner as Magu’s replacement
Reno Omokri, former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has reacted following the appointment of Mohammed Umar as head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the absence of its suspended acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu.
Omokri wondered why a Northerner was picked to head EFCC in the absence of Magu.
In a tweet, the former presidential aide wondered if no Southerner was credible enough to head the anti-graft agency.
Magu is being probed by a panel constituted by President Muhammadu Buhari over allegations of corrupt practices.
This followed corrupt allegations raised against Magu by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
In Magu’s absence, Umar was picked to coordinate the activities of the commission.
Reacting, Omokri in a tweet wrote: “Is there any law that says @officialEFCC Chairmen can only come from the North? Magu goes and is replaced with another Northerner, Mohammed Umar.
“There have now been 5 chairmen. Each has been a Northern Muslim. What‘s happening? Are there no credible Southerners?”