Magu: Panel orders withdrawal of EFCC Police officers

The presidential panel probing the suspended EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, has ordered the withdrawal of several police officers working at the commission.

The EFCC, an agency that investigates financial crimes, usually writes to the Inspector General of Police requesting for officers for most of its operations.

Many of them occupy senior positions at the commission while others serve as security details and investigators.

According to a top official who asked not to be mentioned because he is not allowed to speak to journalists, about 20 zonal heads and sectional heads were asked to be withdrawn from the commission back to the police force on Monday.

PremiumTimes learnt that, on the panel’s directives, a letter was issued to that effect on Wednesday.

“The instructions are that all zonal heads and sectional heads who are police officers have been asked to move back to base,” the source said. “It is the panel that directed the EFCC acting chairman to write to the police requesting that they change (send) all the senior officers who are sectional heads and zonal heads back to the police.

“The affected people have been issued with letters and they were directed to report to police force secretary on Monday.”

According to the report, it was also learnt from multiple sources at the commission that other key officers of the EFCC who are considered to be close to Mr Magu were issued suspension letters.

The claim is yet to be independently verify according to PremiumTimes.

“About 10 days ago, they issued suspension letters to some directors and other key officers of the EFCC who are considered to be close to the suspended anti-graft boss,” the source said.

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