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Why IGP ordered withdrawal of senior police officers from EFCC

The acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the withdrawal of Chief Superintendents of Police (CSPs) and above from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Dateline Nigeria reports that the police form a significant part of the workforce of the anti-corruption agency and since its inception, the EFCC has had three policemen and one retired policewoman as heads.

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The directive is contained in a letter dated April 15 and titled ‘Withdrawal of senior police officers from the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police and above attached to the EFCC.’ The letter was addressed to the EFCC Chairman and signed by the Principal Staff Officer to the IG, Idowu Omohunwa.

While directing the affected police officers to report to the police force headquarters not later than Wednesday, the acting IGP said the withdrawal is necessary for operation purpose.

“I write to extend earnest regards of the Inspector-General of Police and to inform the chairman that the Inspector-General of Police has directed the withdrawal of all senior police officers from the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police and above attached to your agency.

“The decision is informed by the current operational requirements of the force. You are accordingly requested to kindly direct the immediate release of the concerned officers who are to collectively report to the undersigned on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 10am for further instructions.

“I am to also request that you avail this office the comprehensive nominal roll of all police personnel attached to the EFCC to include their date of transfer and designations in the agency for the purpose of updating our records,” the letter reads in part.

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