The Senate has again rejected the confirmation of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu.
Magu was on Wednesday rejected again 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.
Mr. Melaye said two reports from the DSS were released yesterday on Ibrahim Magu and 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”.
This is the second time in three months that Mr. Magu is being rejected by the senate.
In July 2016, the Senate received a letter from the Presidency for the confirmation of the appointment of Magu.
In December 2016, almost six months after, the Senate refused to grant confirmation to the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of the EFCC on the grounds that the security report available to it showed that Mr. Magu was not fit to be chairman of the commission.
Addressing journalists at the National Assembly, Senate Spokesman, Aliyu Abdullahi said that based on security reports, the Senate cannot proceed to confirm the acting EFCC Chairman.
The lawmakers thus sent back his nomination letter to President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr. President again re-nominated Ibrahim Magu, to be confirmed by the Senate as the substantive chairman of the EFCC.
Ibrahim Magu replaced former EFCC boss, Ibrahim Lamorde in Acting capacity in November 2015, after the former Chairman was removed by President Buhari.
He is an Assistant Commissioner of Police and was also one of the deputies of the former EFCC boss.