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Umar to head EFCC as Magu steps aside

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 DIRECTOR of Operations of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mohammed Umar  has been     appointed to oversee the affairs of the agency in the absence of the agency’s embattled  Ag . Chairman , Ibrahim  Magu.

   A top official of the commission who spoke to the media in Abuja, under anonymity disclosed yesterday that Umar was chosen by the “EFCC’s hierarchy” following the reported suspension of Magu.

  The official, however, said that the commission had not received any official communication on the reported suspension.

Efforts to get the spokesman of the EFCC, Dele Oyewale, to comment on the latest development did not yield result as he declined persuasions to that effect.

 The embattled acting chairman is being interrogated by a presidential panel set up to probe allegations of gross misconduct against him.

Magu has made two appearances before the Ayo Salami-led panel so far before reportedly being taken into police custody.

  Meanwhile, the EFCC official has defended Magu against the allegations, saying they were not true.

  However, the source said his travails also emanated from complaints by staff of the commission over poor welfare and delay in promotion.

 “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.

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