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Mohammed Umar has reportedly been appointed as the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigeria’s anti-corruption body.

Before his appointment, Umar was the Director of Operations of the EFCC.

The need to appoint a new EFCC Chairman was as a result of a memo by Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), accusing Ibrahim Magu, the now-suspended Chairman of EFCC, of selling, recovered assets to friends and associates.

Consequently, Magu who was appointed on 9 November 2015 as acting Chairman of EFCC, has been reportedly arrested to provide answers to questions posed by the panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the activities EFCC.

Additionally, his home in Abuja was searched by security operatives while his personal effects were removed from his official residence in Abuja.

The new EFCC acting boss, Mohammed Umar, has a lot to do. Two that will be at the top are internet fraud/cybersecurity and endemic corruption.

Musa Suleiman
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