The director of operations at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mohammed Umar, has been named acting chairman of the agency.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), a senior official of the commission confirmed that Umar has taken charge of the agency in the absence of Ibrahim Magu.
In operational hierarchy and by convention, the director of operations is next to the chairman.
Magu, who was arrested on Monday and whisked to the presidential villa in Abuja where he was grilled by a panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the EFCC is still undergoing interrogation.
The panel is led by Ayo Salami, retired president of the appeal court.
Umar’s appointment confirms the suspension of Magu as widely reported by the media.