The Federal Government says the former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, was already retired before his promotion was announced.
Recall that the suspended anti-graft agency boss was part of the list of newly promoted police officers released by the Police Commission. Magu was promoted to Assistant Inspector General of Police.
The news of Magu’s promotion spurred reactions from Nigerians who questioned President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s sincerity in the fight against corruption. Magu was suspended as the anti-graft agency boss after a series of allegations bordering on corruption was levelled against him.
Asked about Magu’s promotion at the Presidential Villa on Thursday, Nigeria’s Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, said the former EFCC boss has ceased to be a police officer before his promotion was announced.
He however noted that being retired will not preclude him (Magu) from any disciplinary measures should the need arise.
The former anti-graft agency boss had been investigated by a presidential panel headed by Justice Ayo Salami which has since submitted its report in which it recommended the retirement of Magu in 2020.