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JUST IN: Police search Magu’s Abuja house, As EFCC "Picks" Replacement

Some policemen attached to the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department have gone to search the house of the embattled Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.

According to information, Magu's house located on Abduljalil Street in Karu Site on the outskirts of Abuja city centre, was searched for several hours and some documents carted away.

Magu has been facing the Presidential Probe Panel since Monday answering questions bothering on abuse of abuse and several other allegations.

Magu may be brought before the Force Disciplinary Committee made up of Deputy Inspectors-General of Police for trial and possible dismissal before he can be prosecuted in court.

However, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly picked its Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar, to oversee the agency in the absence of the suspended chairman, Ibrahim Magu.

A top EFCC official who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said Umar was chosen by the "EFCC's hierarchy", adding that Ibrahim Magu's suspension has not been officially communicated to the commission.

Speaking the allegations levelled against the suspended EFCC Chairman, the top EFCC official said the allegations of fraud against Magu were all false.

The source said: "I can tell you that all the allegations against Magu are untrue. I see the whole situation as a power play.

"Preparations for the 2023 elections are another reason they want Magu out because he knows too much.

"Another thing is the problem of staff welfare, imagine somebody like me for close to 10 years, I have not gained any promotion.

"We are not happy about the news of his suspension, but I know that members of staff are not happy with him," the EFCC official said.

However, when contacted by NAN to confirm the latest development, Dele Oyewale, the spokesman of the EFCC, declined to comment.

(Editor: Terverr Tyav)

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