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Why Abdulrasheed Bawa’s nomination as EFCC boss is shocking – Magu’s Lawyer

Tosin Ojaomo, a lawyer to the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has described the nomination of Abdulrasheed Bawa as the next chairman of the agency as shocking.

Mr Ojaomo, appeared on Channels TV programme, ‘Politics Today’, hours after the presidency announced on Tuesday that President Muhammadu Buhari had sent Mr Bawa’s name to the Senate for confirmation as the next chair of the anti-graft agency.

The lawyer, who was part of Mr Magu’s legal team at the Ayo Salami panel which investigated the ex-EFCC boss last year, said Mr Bawa’s nomination was an injustice done to his client.

Background

Mr Magu was suspended in July last year to face the Salami panel which probed allegations of insubordination and corruption levelled against him by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami.

The presidency had immediately named Mohammed Umar, the EFCC Director of Operations, to take charge as acting chair of the commission pending the conclusion of the panel’s investigations.

But the report of the Salami panel has not been made public months after it was submitted to President Buhari in November last year.

The presidency statement which announced Mr Bawa’s nomination on Tuesday was also silent on Mr Magu’s fate, leaving the public to guess that his suspension of over seven months ago had been automatically converted to a removal.

‘Shocking’

Mr Ojamo said on Tuesday that “everybody was expecting to know the outcome of this investigation”, adding that it was, therefore, “shocking that another person was nominated to occupy the EFCC chairmanship position without making the report on Magu public”.

He said, “sincerely, this appointment came to me as a shock. This is because what I was expecting is that there is still an unfinished assignment which was pending.

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