Justice Ayo Salami, a retired Nigerian judge heading the presidential panel probing the allegation of corruption against Ibrahim Magu, the embattled chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has told President Muhammadu Buhari to look outside the police force for agency’s new head.
Salami made this recommendation on Friday, November 20, when he finally presented the report of the panel to the president at the State House in Abuja.
The retired judge said since the last four heads of the agency were chosen from the police, the president should open opportunity to other law enforcement agencies in the country.
According to him, this will help reposition the agency that is saddled with the prosecution of corruption cases and financial crimes.
“Four successive chairmen of the EFCC from inception, have been drawn from the police.
“Therefore, in appointing a new chairman of the EFCC, consideration should be given to candidates from other law enforcement or security agencies and core staff of the EFCC as provided in the EFCC establishment Act of 2004.”
Salami also recommended that an exit plan for the disengagement and other personnel within two years from now should be considered.
President Buhari inaugurated the panel in July and it was given 45 days to carry out the assignment but the time frame was extended further after the panel requested for more time.