Assistant Commissioner of Police, and the Deputy Director of Internal Affairs of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Mustafa Magu has been appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as Acting Chairman of the EFCC.
According to a statement released by the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the President, Femi Adesina, Magu takes over from Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde who is proceeding on terminal leave ahead of his tenure expiration.
According to a close source, “He has the capacity for this assignment. He is prudent and he likes to work conclusively on investigations. He is coming with a huge experience in investigation of financial crimes. He is an assistant commissioner of police, a Kanuri from Borno state of the North-east,”
He served as head of the Economic Governance Unit (EGU) of the EFCC during the tenure of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, as chairman of the commission. Magu was said to have made several enemies because of his fearless attitude to official work.
Though Adesina’s two-paragraph statement which announced Lamorde’s exit from EFCC said he would be proceeding on terminal leave ahead of the formal expiration of his tenure in February next year, there had been allegations of corruption leveled against him, which had attracted the attention of the Senate, it was revealed that Lamorde had tried to defend himself against the allegation of corrupt practices levelled against him, the perception that Lamorde is corrupt is said to be affecting the anti-corruption crusade of the Buhari Administration.