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News - March 15, 2017

EFCC: Senate rejects Magu again

Ibrahim Magu, Acting EFCC Chairman

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has been rejected by the Nigerian Senate for the second time.

The Senate on Wednesday declined to confirm Magu as the substantive chairman of the commission.

Magu’s rejection followed the first one on December 15, 2016.

His nomination was rejected by the majority of the senators present at the plenary on Wednesday after it was put to a vote.

Magu’s rejection by the Senate followed the receipt of another letter from the Department of State Services (DSS) which stated that the acting EFCC chairman would be “a liability to the anti-corruption fight of the present administration” if confirmed.

The Senate had on December 15, 2016 declined to confirm him based on a DSS status report which discredited his capability to carry out his duties creditably. The DSS also accused Magu of being corrupt, an accusation the acting EFCC boss queried.

The content of the earlier letter was upheld by another one which was received by the Senate on March 14.

Magu took charge of the EFCC in acting capacity following the expiration of the tenure of his former boss, Ibrahim Lamorde, in November 2015. He had presided over the affairs of the commission for eight months before Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made the nomination to the Senate on July 22, 2016 when he (Osinbajo) was acting president.


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