Senate Refuses to Confirm Magu as EFCC Boss

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(Last Updated On: 2016-12-15)

Olumide Lawal

The Senate on Thursday has rejected the nomination of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu.

over the report of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Addressing newsmen, the spokesman of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi said the rejection was based on the DSS report.

The spokesperson for the upper legislative chamber said, “The Senate wishes to inform the public that based on available security report, the Senate cannot proceed with the confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

“The nomination of Ibrahim Magu is hereby rejected and has been returned to the President for further action.”

The Presidency had since July requested the Senate to confirm Mr. Magu but, the Senate slated today, Thursday, to screen Magu who has been acting as EFCC Chairman in the past one year.

The request was made through a letter signed by Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo in his capacity as acting president when Mr. Buhari travelled abroad for medical treatment.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, read the vice-president’s letter on July 14 on the floor of the upper chamber but, the failed to schedule a confirmation hearing fueling suspicions that some corrupt Senators bent on blocking Mr. Magu from the position.

Widespread pressure from Nigerians, the lawmakers fixed December 8 for the session. But that also failed to materialise. It was then rescheduled for today, Thursday which eventually wasn’t confirmed.

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