Falana to Buhari: Don’t appoint an outsider as acting EFCC Chairman

One of Nigeria's revered lawyers, Femi Falana (SAN, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint an insider to head the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in an acting capacity.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, Falana said since Magu has been suspended, the commission should be headed by someone who knows its mode of operation.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) also noted that this is to ensure that the name of such nomination will easily be sent to the National Assembly for confirmation.

Falana added that the probe of the suspended acting Chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu, is a big dent on the anti-corruption drive of the federal government. He noted that Magu's probe is also a big question mark on EFCC.

“Even though Mr Ibrahim Magu is presumed innocent of all the allegations levelled against him, it is an anti-climax for an anti-corruption zar to be linked to a miasmal of corrupt practices.

“No doubt the fate that has befallen Magu so far, for me it is indeed a moral disaster on the anti-corruption crusade. Therefore, the ongoing investigation should be a wake-up call on the Federal Government to embark on a comprehensive cleaning exercise. Otherwise, the investigation will be a selective exercise in futility.

“The Federal Government owes the public duty, particularly that institution if it is confirmed that Mr Magu has been asked to step aside. There has to be a follow-up of the law establishing the agency, the top-most officer in the agency should be asked to act for him,” he said.

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