President Muhammadu Buhari has fired the chairman of the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde and Ibrahim Magu, a top level official of the Economic and Governance Unit of the EFCC, has been elevated to the position of chairman of the commission.
Mr. Lamorde, a former police officer, was removed Monday, four years after he took over as the chairman of the agency.
He worked earlier as the director of operations before he was appointed head by former President Goodluck Jonathan on November 23, 2011, after former chairperson, Farida Waziri, was removed.
Presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, maintained that Mr. Lamorde “was not sacked”, but that he was proceeding on terminal leave ahead of the expiration of his tenure February 2016.
Magu is remembered as a no-nonsense investigator of the commission at its inception. He was removed along with several other key officials by Farida Waziri when she became chairman in 2008.
Magu led the EFCC’s investigations into the affairs of officials including former Delta Governor James Ibori and now Senate President Bukola Saraki