Nigerian President Buhari sacks anti-corruption agency chief

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria appoints new anti-corruption agency chairman after sacking former head Ibrahim Lamorde

Photo by: AP (Archive )
Photo by: AP (Archive )

President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari [right].

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari sacked the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the country’s anti-corruption agency, on Monday.

No reason was provided by the presidency regarding the removal of Ibrahim Lamorde, the head of the commission.

In August Mr Lamorde denied accusations of being responsible for $5 billion (£3.3 billionn) going missing from the commission.

Following this a Senate committee said it was probing allegations that assets and cash recovered by the anti-corruption agency had been diverted.

The president’s spokesman Mr Garba Shehu said later on Monday that the Assistant Commissioner of Police, also a former deputy of the EFCC boss Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, had been appointed by President Buhari as the new acting chairman of the commission.

Mr Buhari, a former military general won Nigeria's presidential elections in March and assumed office in May, promising to tackle corruption in the country.  

TRTWorld and agencies