The Senate has failed to hold the confirmation hearing earlier scheduled to consider the request of President Muhammadu Buhari that Ibrahim Magu be confirmed as chairman of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Premium Times reports.
It would be recalled that the deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, had announced at plenary that the confirmation hearing would hold after five months of delay.
Officials of the EFCC led by the acting Chairman, Mr. Magu, were at the Senate this morning, awaiting to be called for the hearing but but the Senate did not list the confirmation in the Order Paper for Thursday eventually.
The screening hearing will now hold on December 15, a day after the budget presentation by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Deputy Senate Leader, Bala Na’Allah, while addressing Senate Correspondents after plenary said the new date was chosen so that senators who are on oversight across the country would be in attendance.
The Presidency had six months ago forwarded a letter to the National Assembly nominating Magu as the substantive Chairman of the anti-graft agency.
The letter was signed by Vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo in his capacity as the acting president when Mr. Buhari was away on a medical trip.
However, since the letter was read by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on July 14, the Senate had not shown readiness to treat the request, fueling allegations that some Senators were trying to block Mr. Magu’s confirmation.
If confirmed by the Senate, Magu will be the fourth head of the Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, after Nuhu Ribadu, Farida Waziri and Mr. Lamorde.
Before his appointment as acting Chairman, he had served as head of the Economic Governance Unit of the commission.