President Mohammadu Buhari may have ordered the suspension of not less than 12 directors and top staff of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) including the Secretary, with immediate effect in what appears to be a clean sweep.
The notice of suspension was communicated to the Acting Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Mohammed Umar, on Tuesday night by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.
The action was said to be in connection with the ongoing investigation of the suspended Acting Chairman of the agency, Mr. Ibrahim Magu.
There is anxiety in the commission on the suspension with some of those affected claiming that they were not directly involved in Magu’s administration.
The Daily Bells learnt that the Executive Secretary, Olanipekun Olukoyede, is among the officials suspended.
A dependable source said; “All the top officials in the agency have been suspended, their offices locked, to prevent any tampering with files at the commission.”
Last week, Magu was suspended and the agency’s Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar Abba, was appointed to oversee its operations.
Abba is not part of the officials suspended.
It would be recalled that Olukoyede was appointed Secretary in November 2018 following his confirmation by the Senate. Olukoyede, a former chief of staff to Magu, replaced Mr Emmanuel Aremo, whose five-year tenure expired in July 2018.