– Nigerian Senate has said it might reconsider its decision to confirm Ibrahim Magu as the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
– The upper chamber said the explanations provided by President Muhammadu Buhari, who nominated Magu, would determine if the nominee would be considered
– Ibrahim Magu was rejected by the lawmakers based on a “security report” on him
Senate to reconsider Magu’s confirmation
The Nigerian Senate has said it might reconsider its decision to confirm Ibrahim Magu as the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
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.
Senator Sabi Abdullahi, the chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, 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.
He said: “This is not an issue that is ambiguous and I will not take issue with anybody. What we have said is very straightforward and unambiguous. It is not our responsibility or in our power to tell Mr. President what to do.
“It is his prerogative and for every action taken, there must be a basis. Let him take any action but, of course, he will base his action on explanations. If that happens, we will take his explanations based on their face value and see. Until then, our decision is very simple. It is unambiguous; that is what we said from the beginning and that is what we stand by.”
However the Senate said Magu’s rejection would be communicated to the Presidency by next week.
Abdullahi, said the communication would undergo legislative process before getting to President Buhari.
The acting chairman of the EFCC was on Thursday, December 15, rejected by the lawmakers based on a “security report” on him.
A security report by the Department of State Services (DSS) revealed the details on Magu, saying that the anti-corruption boss who has been praised for his work at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) failed integrity test.
In the memo signed by one Folashade Bello and addressed to the Senate on Friday, the DSS maintained that rejecting Magu was the right decision.
It also accused the anti-corruption chief of living beyond his means, such as currently staying in a 40million apartment at 20million a year. The apartment was not paid for by the EFCC but by a former ally of President Buhari Umar Muhammed, who was just recently released by the DSS on order of a court.