President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended no fewer than 11 senior officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC as the probe of the shenanigans under the stewardship of disgraced Ibrahim Magu deepened.
Authoritative Presidency sources told P.M.News on Tuesday night that EFCC executive Secretary Olanipekun Olukoyede was among the senior officials suspended.
According to the source, ‘they were suspended for various alleged criminal and corrupt infractions”.
The suspension of the officials was also to allow for unfettered investigation of the commission.
“All the top officials in the agency have been suspended, their offices locked, to prevent any tampering with files at the commission”, the source added.
President Buhari suspended Ibrahim Magu, the former acting chairman of the agency last week and appointed the director of operations, Mohammed Umar Abba, to hold forte.
The source said Umar Abba survived the temporary purge, as he was found not to be a part of the suspected underhand dealings in the agency.
Olukoyede became the Secretary to the EFCC in November 2018 following confirmation by the Senate.
The Ikere-Ekiti born senior lawyer was a former chief of staff to Magu. He replaced Emmanuel Aremo, whose five-year tenure expired in July 2018.
The former acting chairman of the agency is facing for the second week, grilling by the presidential panel headed by Justice Ayo Salami, over financial allegations and improprieties, including money laundering.
He is facing tough questioning over allegations that he re-looted funds recovered by the commission. And that he accepted bribes to pervert cases of graft.
He is also accused of mismanagement of recovered assets by the EFCC.
Among the issues, Magu is helping the panel to resolve are wide discrepancies in figures of recovered monies published by the agency.
The panel has also asked him to react to the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit(NFIU) report accusing him of siphoning money from the EFCC.
NFIU report showed that a particular Bureau de Change, owned by Ahmed Ibrahim Shanono linked to the Acting Chairman based in Kaduna has more than 158 accounts and has been receiving huge sums of funds.
The report also accused Magu of laundering money through Pastor Emmanuel Omale of Hand of God Prophetic Ministry.
Omale was alleged to have bought a landed property on behalf of Magu worth N573 million in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
“Another individual who is helping in laundering funds for the Acting Chairman and who has been referred to in several petitions is one Pastor Emmanuel Omale (Hand of God Prophetic Ministry).
“He is reported to have travelled to Dubai with Mr Magu and his name was used in purchasing a property in Dubai for Mr Magu.
“As an unknown pastor, the NFIU’s report showed the huge movement of funds ranging from N573,228,040.41,’’ the report said.
Omale has denied laundering money for Magu.
Magu has also been accused of allegedly failing to give a proper account of missing 332 out of the 836 recovered real estate property as of March 2018.
Putin Touts Russian COVID-19 Vaccine, Offers It To UN Staff For Free
COVID-19 Is A Sign That God Is Not Happy With Us – Aisha Buhari
Terrorists Open Fire On Gov Zulum’s Convoy, Kill 3 Soldiers, 8 Policemen ― AFP
Entrepreneurship: Ikpeazu Launches Start Up Support Program For Young Abians
BREAKING: APC Nullifies Suspension Of Fayemi, Others
BREAKING: 14 Corpses Recovered From Ebonyi River (Photos)
Edo Guber: I Saw Oshiomhole With Gov. Uzodinma And knew APC’ll Lose — Okorocha [VIDEO]
Any Society Where Thugs Become Role Models Will Fail – Jonathan
Sen. Kalu Mourns Victims Of Ebonyi Accident
BREAKING! Ize-Iyamu Accepts Defeat, Congratulates Obaseki
Local News22 hours ago
Uche Ogah Partners NDE, Disburses Loans To Abians (Photos)
EDUCATION24 hours ago
Abia Govt Reveals Resumption Date For Schools
GOSSIP24 hours ago
Pablo Escobar’s Nephew Finds £14million Cash In A Wall In One Of His Houses
METRO24 hours ago
Buhari Has Been Rejecting Fuel Price Hike Since 2015 – SGF
POLITICS23 hours ago
2023: Nobody Should Deny South-East Right To Presidency – APC Group
METRO19 hours ago
Abducted Officials Paid N6m Ransom Each – FRSC
Local News19 hours ago
“Disband Market Unions That Observes Sit-At-Home ” – Ohanaeze Tells South-East Gov
POLITICS22 hours ago
Fear Of Visa Ban, Key To Edo Election Success – Wike