…As Police Service Commission dismisses 10 officers, demotes 8 others***
Magu’s case may have worsened as Mr Mohammed Umar, the Director of Operations, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has been picked to oversee the affairs of the agency in Magu’s absence.
A top official of the commission disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday, speaking on conditions of anonymity.
The source said Umar was chosen by the “EFCC’s hierarchy” following the reported suspension of Magu.
The official, however, said that the commission had not received any official communication on the reported suspension.
Spokesman of the EFCC, Mr Dele Oyewale, declined comments when contacted to confirm the latest development.
The embattled acting chairman is being interrogated by a presidential panel set up to probe allegations of gross misconduct against him.
Magu appeared before the Ayo Salami-led panel on Monday before he was reportedly taken into police custody.
Meanwhile, the EFCC official has defended Magu against the allegations, saying they were not true.
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However, the source said his travails also emanated from complaints by the staff of the commission over poor welfare and delay in the promotion.
“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 official said.
In another development, the Police Service Commission (PSC) has dismissed 10 senior police officers and demoted eight others over cases of misconduct.
The Head of Press and Public Relations of PSC, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
Ani said the decision for the dismissal was reached during the three-week deliberations at the 8th Plenary Meeting of the commission that ended on July 1.
He said those dismissed were one Superintendent of Police (SP), five Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSP) and four Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASP).
Those demoted were a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), four Superintendents of Police (SP), one Deputy Superintendent of Police and an Assistant Superintendent of Police.
“The commission also approved giving of severe reprimand for 16 officers and reprimand for 13 officers as well as issuing of letters of warning to four others.
“Two officers are to receive letters of advice while 11 others were exonerated.
“The commission in plenary looked into 83 disciplinary cases which included eighteen appeals and petitions,” he said.
The commission also approved the promotion of 6,618 senior officers.