In the absence of a suspended chief, Ibrahim Magu, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) reportedly appointed Mr Mohammed Umar, its Director of Operations, to supervise the department.
Speaking to NAN on Tuesday, a top official of the commission said Umar was chosen by the “EFCC’s hierarchy”.
The source also revealed Ibrahim Magu’s suspension was not officially reported to the commission.
Speaking on the levelled accusation against the suspended chief of the EFCC, the source said they were all baseless.
“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 said.
The EFCC spokesman, Mr Dele Oyewale, declined to comment when contacted by NAN to confirm the latest growth.
We can recall that President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday suspended Ibrahim Magu, the suspension is coming at a time Magu is facing a presidential panel since Monday over allegations of corruption.
Sources say that Magu, who has been in office for over four years, would be sacked as a result of massive evidence against him over alleged corruption to the tune of N1 trillion.
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A source who is familiar with the activities of the Presidential investigative panel, says the decision to suspend Magu is in line with international practice in such matters.
The source said, “It is commonsensical that when an investigation of this nature is ongoing, you don’t allow the person being investigated to keep the keys of the office for which he is being investigated.
“This is because if he keeps the keys, there can be a kind of tampering with documents or evidence.
“It is not logical and it is even undemocratic to allow such to happen.”