Senate rejects Magu as EFCC chairman

EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

The Senate has rejected the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

President Muhammadu Buhari sent the name of Magu, who had been acting as EFCC chairman for confirmation to the Senate since last July, but the consideration of the nomination had been delayed.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki presided over the plenary on December 15 where the senators said that Magu is not fit to head the anti-graft agency, citing a security report by the Department of State Services, DSS, sparking a verbal backlash from supporters of Magu.

The 14-paragraph confidential report said that Magu has failed the integrity test and that if confirmed, he could eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption drive of the administration.

The Senate, however, gave approval for the screening of the four members of the EFCC board whose names were sent alongside Magu by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo for confirmation in July while President Muhammadu Buhari was away on medical vacation.

The DSS security report, among others alleged that Magu is occupying a N20 million per year accommodation, allegedly rented for him by someone under EFCC investigation; lives a flamboyant lifestyle and flouted the President’s order against public officers flying first class when he went on pilgrimage.

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