– The Department of State Services submitted to contradictory reports on Ibrahim Magu to the president and the Senate
– Magu’s confirmation as substantive chairman of the EFCC was rejected by Nigerian senators
– Contrary to provisions of the law Magu’s security vetting security vetting was sought one month after seeking his confirmation
The DSS submitted two contradictory reports to the Presidency and Seante on EFCC’s chairman Ibrahim Magu
The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu has last week faced challenges on his confirmation as substantive chairman of the commission.
Magu’s confirmation which was due to get approval from the Senate was rejected after a security report by the Department of State Service of the EFCC boss.
However, Magu’s confirmation became complicated after it was revealed that the DSS had sent two contradictory security reports to the Senate and the president.
Premium Times reports that a report was sent to the presidency after President Muhammadu Buhari’s senior special assistant on National Assembly, Ita Enang, made the request that Magu be vetted through a letter dated August 26, SSAP/NASS/SEN/I67 to the SSS.
It was also gathered that another report was sent to the Senate leadership through its clerk on September 21, through letter NASS/CS/SA/01/16/08/1.
However, the president sought for the screening of Magu contrary to the senate suggestion that the EFCC’s scribe be screened alongside other nominees.
Meanwhile, the DSS replied both the Senate and the Presidency on October 3 with separate reports SV.114/2 and SV.114/3 respectively, an exposure of lapses within the secret security agency.
Also, contrary to procedure provided by law, a security vetting for nominees are carried out before their names are forwarded to the National Assembly.
But in Magu’s case, security vetting was sought one month after seeking confirmation and eight month after he had worked in acting capacity at the EFCC.
The request was made by the presidency through the letter signed by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo when President Buhari traveled abroad for medical treatment.