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EFCC Gets New Acting Chairman

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC) acting chairman is now Mohammed Umar.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has instructed Umar to take over the operations of the anti-graft commission as the Director of Operations following the suspension of the previous Chair, Abdulrasheed Bawa.

The suspension is necessary to give time for a thorough examination into his behaviour while in office as a result of serious allegations of abuse of power made against him by certain key players in the anti-corruption movement.


Below are the 6 things to know about the acting EFCC chairman:

1. Mohammed Umar Abba was born on June 22, 1965, in Tudunwada Local Government Area of Kano State.

2. Abba bagged his first degree from Bayero University, Kano. He did his one-year national service at the old Anambra State Police Command and later got enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force. He attended the Nigeria Police Academy, Kaduna State, where he was commissioned in 1992.

3. CP Abba was seconded to the Commission in January 2016 to head the Counterterrorism and General Investigations, CTGI, Section at the Headquarters in Abuja.

4. He was appointed the Director of Operations of the Commission in 2017.

5. In 2019, he was promoted to the rank of Commissioner of Police.

6. On July 9, 2020, Abba stepped in as the Acting Chairman of the Commission, being the most senior operational officer when the former chairman, Ibrahim Magu, was suspended.

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