The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, says whether he is confirmed or not, he will keep fighting corruption until his last day in office.
The EFCC boss Ibrahim Magu stated this on Wednesday after the senate rejected his nomination for the second time in three months citing a report from the Department of State Services (DSS).
The DSS accused Magu of corruption and violation of human rights, but speaking with members of some civil society organisations in Abuja, Magu said the rejection has not changed his priority to fight corruption.
“My priority is to fight corruption. My non-confirmation has not changed anything, I will work until the last day whether confirmation or no confirmation
“The greatest violation against human right is crime against the society and the humanity… everybody has a duty and responsibility to fight corruption, and I also have a responsibility. I assure you that we will fight to finish.”
He added that the allegations by the DSS cannot stand the test of time.
“You know, you can’t just raise mere allegations without giving the person opportunity to answer you. There is also the issue of fundamental human right, right of fair hearing
“Up till this time, DSS has not called me, and I am even surprised that the same report is coming back. I doubt the genuineness of that report, but I think we need to identify those who have the interest of this country at heart.”
He said the aim of the anti-graft war is to recover what has got lost before and protect the future of our children.
“We must all wake up, wherever you find yourself, fight corruption, and anytime you discover that I am corrupt, please expose me.”
The Nigerian Senate rejected again for the second time after the Senators voted against his confirmation. The Senator representing Kogi west Dino Melaye cited a fresh security report from the Department of State Services (DSS) disqualifying him based on his failure of an integrity test.
Senator Melaye said two reports from the DSS were released on Tuesday Ibrahim Magu and that they both indicted him. The DSS letter which was sent to the Senate on Wednesday stressed that Mr. Magu would constitute “a liability to the anti-corruption fight of the present administration.
Commenting on the rejection of Ibrahim Magu by the senate, human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, says the upper legislative chamber ridiculed the office of President Muhammadu Buhari by rejecting the confirmation of the acting EFCC Boss.
The lawyer said some senators under investigation by the commission ought not to have participated in the screening. He also advised President Buhari to restrain the secret police from sabotaging the fight against corruption.
“The rejection of the nomination of Mr Ibrahim Magu as the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) this afternoon by the senate on the basis of a security report compiled by the State Security Service is the height of official ridicule of the office of the president
“It is high time the State Security Service was restrained by President Buhari from sabotaging the fight against corruption by the federal government
“With respect to the senate, the confirmation hearing hurriedly conducted today is illegal in every material particular. The participation of many senators who are either under investigation or being prosecuted by the EFCC has vitiated the entire proceedings of the senate on ground of conflict of interest
“It is also a contravention of the rules of the senate which stipulates that matters which are sub judice shall not be discussed by the senate.”
He added that the rejection notwithstanding, Buhari could still re-nominate Magu or allow him to keep working in acting capacity.