Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Buhari fires head of Nigeria's anti-corruption agency

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has fired the head of the country's anti-corruption agency.

No reason was given for the removal of Ibrahim Lamorde, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). In August, Mr Lamorde denied allegations that $5bn (£3.3bn) had gone missing at the commission.

In August, a Senate committee said it was investigating charges that assets and cash recovered by the EFCC had been diverted. At the time, Mr Lamorde told the BBC the charges were a smear campaign.

He led the EFCC for four years until his dismissal on Monday. President Buhari's spokesman Garba Shehu said later on Monday that assistant Police Commissioner Ibrahim Mustafa Magu had been appointed as the EFCC acting commissioner.


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