As the probe of the suspended EFCC boss, CP Ibrahim Magu, continues, at least 11 senior officials of the commission have been suspended with immediate effect, it has been revealed.
President Muhammadu Buhari gave the order for the various alleged criminal and corrupt infractions.
The EFCC Executive Secretary, Olanipekun Olukoyede is among the officials suspended, PerSecondnews learnt.
A dependable source said:“All the top officials in the agency have been suspended, their offices locked, to prevent any tampering with files at the commission.”
Last week, Magu was suspended and the agency’s Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar Abba, was appointed to oversee its operations. Abba is not part of the officials suspended.
It will be recalled that Olukoyede was appointed Secretary in November 2018 following his confirmation by the Senate.
Olukoyede, a former chief of staff to Magu, replaced Mr Emmanuel Aremo, whose five-year tenure expired in July 2018.
PerSecondnews reports that Magu is facing the second week of grilling by the Justice Ayo Salami Presidential Panel over some weighty allegations of improprieties, money laundering, insubordination and misconduct.
Others are re-looting funds recovered by the commission and accepting bribes to pervert justice.
Magu has also been accused of allegedly failing to give proper account of missing 332 out of the 836 recovered real estate property as of March, 2018.
He is also accused of mismanagement of recovered assets by the EFCC and helping the panel to resolve wide discrepancies in figures of recovered monies published by the agency.
The panel has also asked him to react to the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit(NFIU) report accusing him of siphoning money from the EFCC.
NFIU report shows that a particular Bureau de Change, owned by Ahmed Ibrahim Shanono linked to the Acting Chairman based in Kaduna has more than 158 accounts and has been receiving huge sums of funds.
The report also accused Magu of laundering money through Pastor Emmanuel Omale of Hand of God Prophetic Ministry.
Omale was alleged to have bought a landed property on behalf of Magu worth N573 million in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Omale has denied laundering money for Magu.