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EFCC: Buhari insist on Magu

Ibrahim Magu

There are reports that President Muhammadu Buhari may have resubmitted the name of Ibrahim Magu to the Senate for confirmation as Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to Thisday, the letter containing the president’s request was delivered to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Sunday night, five weeks after the upper chamber of the National Assembly rejected Magu’s confirmation because of an adverse security report from the State Security Services (SSS).

The Senate president is expected to read the presidential communication at plenary today even as a Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos has fixed February 13, 2017 as hearing date for a suit challenging the propriety of Magu’s discharge of the function of the office of the commission’s chairman without Senate’s confirmation.

Magu had been functioning as the acting chairman of the commission since 2015. And the Senate declined last December 15 to confirm him because of the DSS report, which indicted him for corruption.

Following Senate’s rejection of his nomination and indictment, the president directed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), to investigate the allegations against Magu. He submitted his report two weeks ago.

Buhari’s decision to re-submit Magu’s name for Senate’s confirmation followed the outcome of Malami’s investigation, which apparently absolved him of any wrong doing as claimed by the SSS.

The president’s first letter seeking Magu’s confirmation was sent to the Senate in June last year when Buhari was on a 10-day medical vacation to the United Kingdom. The letter was sent by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo while acting as President at the time. The second letter coming barely seven months after, was also sent by the Vice President when the president proceeded on another 10-day medical vacation to the United Kingdom.

The Senate had on December 15, 2016, announced the rejection of the president’s request for Magu’s confirmation, after about two hours of closed-door meeting, citing damning security report by the DSS which indicted Magu for massive corruption. (Thisday)

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