[Abuja]– The Nigerian Senate, under the leadership of Sen. Bukola Saraki, has rejected the appointment of Mr. Ibrahim Magu as the chairman of the country’s Economic Financial Crimes Commission.
His rejection was confirmed at the plenary session on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
At the Senate sitting, Ibrahim Magu was asked questions based on the integrity of the EFCC and it’s decision to probe certain individuals while others are left alone, issue of funds among others.
“How much funds has been recovered since you took charge of the commission?” Sen. Duro Faseyi asked. However, Magu said it is difficult to give report on how much has been recovered from fight against corruption.
“Dasuki took money illegally and not a single person from the CBN has been investigated or prosecuted so far” , Senator Isah Misau queried, as he ask if investigation or prosecution has to do with body language of the presidency. But Magu said that there is “no body language in the fight against corruption..”
During the sitting, Magu who was the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, was said to have been indicted by two reports submitted by the Department of State Services yesterday.
Senator Dino Melaye read to the hearing of Senators, Paragraph 14 of the DSS letter on Magu which stated partially that “In the light of the foregoing, MAGU has failed the integrity test.”.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, asked members to vote on the appointment of Magu as chairman of the EFCC. His nomination and conformation was however rejected by majority of Senators.
Moreover, Senator Ndume rose to oppose the rejection of Magu, as he agreed that while majority will have their way but minority must have their say. But the speaker reacted as he said that “We should not rubbish the entire institution because of an individual”.
Senator Dino Malaye advised that following rejection of Magu as acting Chairman of EFCC, he should mandate most senior officer to take over.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg