Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has fired the chairman of the national anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Lamorde.
The embattled Mr Lamorde was replaced on Monday with Mr Ibrahim Magu, formerly a top level official of the Economic and Governance Unit of the EFCC, the presidency said Monday.
Mr Lamorde has been the EFCC chair since 2011.
He was recently in the news following allegations of corruption against him.
The House of Representatives had mandated a committee to investigate him.
The House also asked a second anti-corruption body, the Independent a Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC,)to probe Mr Lamorde.
He had been accused of embezzling $5 billion which the EFCC recovered from pension administrators who were made to return their stolen loot.
The new chairman, Mr Magu, is remembered as a no-nonsense investigator for the commission at its inception.
He was removed along with several other key officials by Mrs Farida Waziri when she became chairman in 2008.
SOURCE: AFRICA REVIEW