President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the suspension of 12 directors of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), including the Secretary, Olanipekun Olukoyede.
According to reports, the order was given on Friday following a request by the Presidential panel investigating the allegations against Ibrahim Magu, the former acting chairman of the EFCC. But the directors were asked to proceed on the suspension by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, on Tuesday, in accordance with the presidential order.
A presidential source said, “The panel actually requested the suspension of all the directors of the EFCC to go to enable the panel members carry out a thorough investigation into the activities of the commission.
“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.”
The source also said the officials were suspended for various alleged criminal and corrupt contraventions, and their offices were locked up to prevent any tampering with files at the commission.
The former Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, was arrested and interrogated by a panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari last week. Justice Ayo Salami, the head of the panel, asked the suspended EFCC boss to account for 380 houses, 7 vessels loaded with crude oil and disposal of assets worth N37 billion.
The EFCC Secretary, Olanipekun Olukoyede, and some of the directors of the Commission were also invited for questioning on Thursday. They were quizzed over the allegation of diversion of recovered funds leveled against the commission and its boss.
Mohammed Umar Abba was however, appointed as the new Acting Chairman of the EFCC to replace Magu.