World Bulletin / News Desk
The head of Nigeria's anti-graft agency, Ibrahim Lamorde, has been removed from office without any official reasons given.
"President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr. Ibrahim Mustafa Magu as the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)," presidential spokesman Femi Adesina said in a terse statement announcing replacement for Lamorde.
"Mr. Magu, who is an Assistant Commissioner of Police, is to take over from Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde who is proceeding on terminal leave ahead of the formal expiration of his tenure in February next year."
The sack comes amid widespread allegations of graft under his watch, including alleged non-remittance of several billions of naira recovered from convicted public officers. Lamorde was due to appear before the ethics committee of the Nigerian Senate on Tuesday to clarify some of the allegations against him.
Lamorde was confirmed as EFCC chairman in 2012.