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The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday again declined to confirm Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission.

His nomination was rejected by the majority of the senators present at the plenary  after it was put to a vote.

Magu’s rejection by the Senate followed the receipt of another letter from the Department of State Services (DSS) which stated that the acting EFCC chairman would be “a liability to the anti-corruption fight of the present administration” if confirmed.

The Senate had on December 15, 2016, declined to confirm him based on a DSS status report which discredited his capability to carry out his duties creditably. The DSS also accused Magu of being corrupt, an accusation the acting EFCC boss queried.

The content of the earlier letter was upheld by another one which was received by the Senate on March 14.

Magu took charge of the EFCC in an acting capacity following the expiration of the tenure of his former boss, Ibrahim Lamorde, in November 2015. He had presided over the affairs of the commission for eight months before Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made the nomination to the Senate on July 22, 2016, when he (Osinbajo) was acting president.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who initially appointed Magu had cleared him of any wrongdoing.

In a letter addressed to the Senate President in January, Buhari said he believed Magu was capable of carrying his duty as the head of the anti-corruption outfit in line with the vision of the administration.

“Distinguished Senators, in view of my conviction, there is need to maintain the momentum of anti-graft fight, while I urge the Senate to reconsider Ibrahim Magu as substantive EFCC Chairman,” Buhari wrote in the letter.

But the Senate did not share Buhari’s sentiment about Magu.

Speaking on Wednesday, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital territory (FCT), Senate Dino Melaye insisted the integrity issues raised by the DSS in its letters were such that could not be wished away.

“Mr Ibrahim Magu, nominee for the position of the Chairman of the EFCC, the first report indicted you,” Melaye said.

“But because of the letter from Mr President, you are here again. Mr Chairman, if I have your permission, I want to read page five, paragraph 14 of that report.

“It says: `In the light of the foregoing, Magu has failed the integrity test and will eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption fight of the present administration’’, he said.

Melaye said the Senate had the prerogative to request the DSS to screen any government appointee sent for confirmation.

“We do request for [the] screening of every nominee that comes to this Senate by the DSS. It did not start with you and it will not end with you.

“The DSS is to us what the FBI and CIA is and we cannot ridicule, undermine, and put in abeyance, the report of the DSS.

“Anyone who wants to be chairman of EFCC must have the character and characteristics from the words of Caesar. You must be unblemished, you must be pure, and you must be stainless.


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3 Comments
  • vic

    AND THESE LOOTER SENATORS FROM HOUSE OF THIEVES, ARE “PURE”, “UNBLEMISHED” AND “STAINLESS”???????
    THEY ARE ALL HIGH GRADE THIEVES BREEDING FAT ON STOLEN FUNDS.
    WHAT A JOKE OF THE CENTURY??????

    THESE THIEVES ARE SURE THAT VERY SOON, MAGU WILL LOCK THEM UP IN KUJE PRISON.

    BUHARI SHOULD NOT LISTEN TO THE LIES OF THESE THIEVING SENATORS AND CONTINUE TO USE THE SERVICES OF MAGU AGAINST ANTI-GRAFT AND INVESTIGATE FULLY THE FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES OF THESE LOOTER SENATORS.

  • peter archibong

    if buhari is still insisting these three times to use a corrupt official to ‘fight corruption’, what does it tell about the man buhari himself?

  • peter archibong

    another problem we have with nigerians is that they think its because the senate is corrupt that’s why they ‘doctored’ dss to ‘rubbish’ magu. the question here is: how many of the ppl saying this holy pass?

  • Deji Fadina

    No matter how you spin it, the truth is that Corruption scored twice in this final game and Nigeria lost, as expected.
    So, how about breaking the damn stink called Nigeria up, and letting us all go home to lick our wounds at ever thinkning we were competent to build a decent nation.

    America lost to Trumpism and Nigeria lost to Corruption, leaving only a sad fore taste of what might have been.