Confidentiality of DSS report on Magu in order, says Rep
The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes, Kayode Oladele, yesterday hailed the Department of State Service (DSS) for keeping away its report on Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, from the anti-graft agency boss.
Speaking with The Guardian in Abuja, Oladele said Magu’s claim that the security agency denied him opportunity to defend himself on the various charges in the report was regrettable, saying: “He ought to know that a security report is usually not made available to the person at the centre of the report or to the public.
“It is like a finding that an employer carries out on an applicant. Whether the applicant is employed or not, the employer is not at liberty to disclose his or her findings.”
Oladele said there were several amendments being sought by the House on the EFCC Act aimed at strengthening the body. One of them, he said was the liberalisation of the chairmanship position to allow the President nominate credible persons for the office from whatever profession, as against the current practice of nominating candidates from security agencies only.
“What we are saying is that rather than limit the area within which to appoint, a lawyer or any other Nigerian whose character is worthy can be nominated for the office.
“With this amendment and several others, we intend to reposition EFCC and make it a first line charge. This way, we will push for the independence of the commission, unlike now that it reports to the presidency,” he explained.