The withdrawal of senior police officers attached to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been attributed to the recommendations of the Justice Isa Ayo Salami’s panel of inquiry.
The Salami Panel, which investigated alleged fraudulent practices of sacked EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, in its submission recommended the riding of the commission of senior police officers.
The Inspector-General (IG) Usman Alkali Baba’s directive to affected officers in the anti-graft agency was said to have been informed by the recommendation of the panel.
“The withdrawal of senior police officers from the EFCC is in line with the recommendations of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the activities of the commission. The IGP directive is part of the gradual implementation of the report of Salami’s panel.
“They said the deployment of police officers and men are contrary to the EFCC Establishment Act 2004.
“The panel was told that there are as many as 850 police officers and men in EFCC because of investigation, raid and enforcement of court order,” The Nation quoted an unnamed source as saying.