EFCC boss Ibrahim Magu suspended?

There are indications that the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has been placed on suspension by the Federal Government.

A source close to the investigative panel had 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.”

No official statement has been made by the Presidency on the said suspension of the EFCC boss but the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) as announced the suspension on its wavelength.

The Presidency on Tuesday declared that the ongoing probe of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, is an affirmation that nobody under the present administration is above scrutiny.

According to facts made available to State House correspondents by a source in the presidency who pleaded anonymity, the interrogation of the anti-graft agency boss is to give him the opportunity to clear himself of weighty allegations.

The source maintained that the investigation of the EFCC boss was to reinforce the Buhari administration’s commitment to transparency and accountability, adding that the holder of such an elevated office must be above suspicion.

It assured that the administration will not prejudge anyone as it could be counted on to uphold justice and fairness.

“In consonance with the principle of fairness and justice, it was needful that the Ag. Chairman is given opportunity to respond to the allegations, which are weighty in nature.

“Under the Muhammadu Buhari administration, nobody is above scrutiny. Repeat: nobody.

“The investigation is to reinforce transparency and accountability, rather than to vitiate it.

“Accountability for our actions or inactions is an inalienable part of democracy.

“In such elevated position as that of EFCC Chairman, the holder of the position must be above suspicion.

“There’s no prejudgement. Absolutely none. The Buhari administration can be counted on to uphold fairness and justice at all times,” the source said.

President Buhari had earlier set up a presidential panel headed by retired Justice Ayo Salami to probe the various allegations leveled against the EFCC boss which has been sitting for two weeks now.

The panel grilled Magu for hours on Monday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja before he was taken into police custody. Reports say he was not allowed to go home after Monday’s drilling.

Magu’s travail started after the Attorney-General of the Federation, Malami publicly called for the removal of Magu.

Meanwhile, the Department of State Services (DSS) has said that contrary to claims that Magu had been arrested, he was only invited by a presidential panel that had been reviewing the activities of the EFCC.

According to the DSS, he was served the invitation to the panel, while on his way to the Force Headquarters, Abuja for a meeting and he was neither arrested nor forced to honor the invitation.

On Monday, the EFCC boss appeared before the panel probing allegations of gross misconduct against him.

The panel is led by Ayo Salami, retired president of the appeal court.

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