– Nigerian Senate has received two contradictory security reports on Ibrahim Magu from the State Security Service (SSS)
– Both reports state that Magu had some “integrity issues”, but they differ on the actions they suggest the upper chamber take on the confirmation of the EFCC boss
– The two reports were signed by Folashade Bello, on behalf of Lawal Daura, the director general of the SSS
The Nigerian Senate has received two different and contradictory security reports on Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from the State Security Service (SSS).
According to Premium Times, while both reports stated that Magu had some “integrity issues”, they differed on the actions they suggest the upper chamber take on the confirmation of the EFCC chairman.
One of the reports suggested that clearing Magu would spell danger for the administration’s anti-graft war, while the second described the EFCC boss as having performed excellently so far, and should therefore be favourably considered for the post.
However three senators said that the two reports were dated October 3, 2016, with one addressed to the acting clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, and the other to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang.
The two reports were also signed by Folashade Bello, on behalf of Lawal Daura, the director general of the SSS and were sent to the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki.
The senators, who requested not to be named said both letters were read to lawmakers during the executive session held to decide the fate of Magu on Thursday, December 15.
Another Senator disclosed that in the letter written to Enang, SSS stated that: “although they found some adverse things in relation to Magu, he should be cleared given his excellent performance. They said he should be given the chance to run the commission.”
However, the senator said, the same SSS in the report addressed to the acting clerk about a month later asked the Senate not to confirm Magu.
A third senator said the Senate decided not to confirm Magu because of the two contradictory reports.
Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the spokesperson for the Senate, had said the upper chamber decided against confirming Magu based on adverse security report from the SSS and that the Senate would write to the president intimating him of the decision.
Meanwhile, the Senate said it might reconsider its decision to confirm Ibrahim Magu as the EFCC boss.
Abdullahi, on Friday, December 16, said that the lawmakers had taken their decision on the matter and it was left for the president to take the next step.
The upper chamber said the explanations provided by President Muhammadu Buhari, who had nominated Magu, would determine if the nominee would be considered or not, The Punch reports.
In a related development, the acting chairman of the EFCC, risks being jailed for disobeying court orders.
This was according to a notice by a magistrate court in Mpapa, Abuja, stating a committal action against anti-graft agency boss.