How all 4 EFCC chairs were kicked out of office

By now every Nigerian and the world at large has known that the fourth person to have headed the Nigeria's anti-corruption Agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has been kicked out of office after five years at the helm of affairs of the commission.

Just few days after Magu’s arrest, President Muhammadu Buhari sealed his fate by signing and approving his suspension.

According to the AGF, the suspension was in order to allow for unhindered inquiry by the Presidential Investigation Panel under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act and other relevant laws.

Recall that EFCC was established in 2003 by then president of Nigeria, Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo in response to pressure from the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF). This body named Nigeria as one of 23 countries non-cooperative in the international community's efforts to fight money laundering.

Below are the men and women who had headed EFCC since inception:

1. Nuhu Ribadu 2003-2008

In 2003, Nuhu Ribadu was appointed by Obasanjo as the EFCC chairman, thus making Ribadu the pioneer chairman of the agency. Under Ribadu, number of high-profile corrupt individuals, ranging from Nigeria's former chief law enforcement officer to several bank chief executives were prosecuted.

In September 2006, the EFCC had 31 of Nigeria's 36 state governors under investigation for corruption.

Olusegun Obasanjo reappointed him in 2007, as well as promoting him to the position of Assistant Inspector General of Police.

International awards.

On 15 April 2008, Nuhu Ribadu received the World Bank's 2008 Jit Gill Memorial Award for Outstanding Public Service, for having led a courageous anti-corruption drive in Nigeria, as Head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Mr. Nuhu Ribadu’s promotion on 9 April 2007, three weeks before newly elected President Umaru Yar'Adua was sworn-in, was later challenged on the basis that it was "illegal, unconstitutional, null and void, and of no legal effect.

Crisis crept in for Ribadu in December 2007 when the then Inspector-General of Police Mike Okiro ordered that Ribadu be temporarily removed from the position of EFCC chairman and ordered him to attend the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in Kuru, Jos, Plateau State for a mandatory one-year course.

Finally came December 22nd 2008, as widely predicted by Nigerians, Nuhu Ribadu was dismissed from the Nigerian Police force by the Nigerian Police Service Commission (PSC)

2. Farida Waziri 2008-2011

After the dismissal of Ribadu, a Female was appointed to head the agency- and that woman was Farida Waziri, she was appointed in May 2008 shortly after Nuhu Ribadu was kicked out of office.

However, Farida’s appointments was clouded by allegations that she was sponsored by ex-governors such as James Ibori and George Akume, former governor of Benue State, to cover up their money laundering and fraud charges before the commission.

On November 23rd, 2011, president Goodluck Jonathan sacked Waziri citing “national interest” as the reason for her dismissal.

However, some school of thoughts said Waziri’s removal is not unconnected to her alleged attempts to dismiss cases of corrupt individuals, thereby bringing Nigeria to disrepute in the international community.

3. Ibrahim Lamorde 2011-2015

Ibrahim Lamorde (born 20 December, 1962) is a Nigerian police officer who was appointed Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on 23 November, 2011 after Farida Waziri had been dismissed by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Lamorde joined the EFCC at the inception of the commission in 2003 and was made director of operations.

President Muhammadu Buhari sacked Lamorde on November 9, 2015, and no reason was given by Buhari for sacking him.

4. Ibrahim Magu 2015-2020

President Buhari appointed Ibrahim Magu as EFCC acting chairman after Ibrahim Lamorde was sacked.

Even though the Nigerian senate rejected Ibrahim Magu on grounds of corruption charges, president Buhari bent on keeping him as acting chairman.

It might interest you to know that both Lamorde and Magu served during Nuhu Ribadu’s time at the anti-graft agency and were also credited with part of the success Ribadu recorded in his time.

On July 10, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the immediate suspension of Ibrahim Magu as acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a statement issued by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

President Muhammadu Buhari also approved that the EFCC Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar Abba, should take charge and oversee the activities of the Commission pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation and further directives.

 Magu was fired over corruption allegation and he's the only one amongst the four not be confirmed by the Senate till he left office.

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