A Director with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ayo Olowonihi, has been appointed as the Commandant of the EFCC Academy, the EFCC has said.
Olowonihi, who was on Grade Level 17 was suspended by the then acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, in 2015, and demoted to Grade 16 in 2017.
The aggrieved director subsequently instituted a case against the EFCC before the National Industrial Court.
According to court documents, Olowonihi said Magu had on November 19, 2015, summoned him to his office accusing him of being behind some damning online publications on the activities of the commission and against the person of the chairman.
He said on Magu’s directive, he was interrogated, his official computer taken away, while he two phones were seized, adding that his office, after being thoroughly searched by a team of detectives and policemen, was sealed.
The plaintiff further stated that while interrogation was still on, Magu demoted him as commandant and redeployed him.
Olowonihi said while the letter was purported to have been issued by the management of the commission, he was not aware of any management meeting where such a decision was taken being a management staff.
The EFCC director won his case in court on February 26, 2019, but the EFCC under the leadership of Magu, filed an appeal.