ABUJA, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s president nominated acareer employee to head the country’s anti-graft agency afterthe previous chief was ousted amid corruption allegations, hisoffice said in a press release on Tuesday. President Muhammadu Buhari’s nomination of AbdulrasheedBawa, a regional head of the Economic and Financial CrimesCommission (EFCC), comes seven months after he suspendedprevious chief Ibrahim Magu amid allegations that he haddiverted funds recovered by the agency into private pockets.The EFCC is tasked with investigating and prosecuting graftin Africa’s largest oil exporter and its biggest economy, whichhas grappled with endemic corruption for decades. If confirmed by the Senate, Bawa will take the reigns of anagency that is leading the investigation into alleged wrongdoingby P&ID, a gas firm with a $10 billion arbitration award thatNigeria is working to overturn, as well as a slew of otherhigh-profile cases. Earlier this month, the EFCC secured an arrest warrant tocompel ExxonMobil’s XOM.N Nigeria chief to appear before itsinvestigators. Nigerians blame corruption by the political elite forwidespread poverty in the country, which is in its secondrecession in five years.
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