Mr. Tosin Ojaomo, a lawyer to the past Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has clarified that President Muhammadu Buhari has not sacked his client.
This is just as Buhari nominated Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as the new Chairman of the EFCC.
Ojaomo, however, insisted that the President only suspended Magu, adding that his client has not received a letter of termination or further directives concerning the suspension.
He said, “Magu has not yet been sacked by the President. He was put on suspension pending the outcome of the probe by the panel. He has not yet been sacked.”
Recall that the Senate rejected Magu twice after serving as the acting chairman of the EFCC from 2015 to 2020.
The Presidency suspended Magu following his indictment in a corruption case. He publicly denied the allegations after which a judicial panel of inquiry led by a former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami, grilled him for three months.
According to reports, the panel made several recommendations that were not publicized.
A statement released by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed that the newly appointed Bawa is a 40-year-old trained investigator with experience in prosecution of fraud cases.
Part of the statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Senate to confirm Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
“In a letter to President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, the President said he was acting in accordance with Paragraph 2(3) of Part1, CAP E1 of EFCC Act 2004.”