The Director of Operations at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mohammed Umar, has been named acting chairman of the anti-graft agency.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a top official of the commission confirmed that Umar has taken charge of the agency in the absence of Ibrahim Magu.
Magu was arrested on Monday and whisked to the presidential villa in Abuja where he was grilled by a panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the activities of the commission.
The panel is led by Justice Ayo Salami, retired President of the Appeal Court.
Magu’s travails followed a memo by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, in which the suspended Magu was accused of grave malfeasance.
He was alleged to have mishandled the recovered loot and selling seized assets to associates.
He was also alleged to have refused to subject himself to the supervision of the Office of the Attorney-General.
Security operatives searched the residence of Magu in Karu, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory late Tuesday while his personal belongings were moved out of his official residence in the Maitama area of the nation’s capital.
It was however learnt that the security operatives who carried out the operation found nothing incriminating in the house but they left with some documents.
Since his arrest, Magu has been detained at Area 10 Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) of the police in Abuja.