Breaking! Senate Refuses To Confirm Magu As EFCC Boss


The Senate has refused to grant confirmation to the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Explaining the reason behind the decision, the Senate said that security report available to it, showed that Mr Magu is not fit to be chairman of the body.

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In this regard, the lawmakers have sent back his nomination letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Presidency had six months ago forwarded a letter to the National Assembly nominating Magu as the substantive Chairman of the antigraft agency.

The letter, which was signed by Vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo in his capacity as the acting president when Mr. Buhari was away on a medical trip also sought the confirmation of Mr. Ndasule Moses, Lawan Mamman, Galadanci Imam, and Adeleke Rafiu as members of the commission.

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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.

The Senate had last week failed to hold the confirmation hearing earlier scheduled to consider Magu as EFCC boss.

Officials of the commission led by Magu, were at the Senate last week, waiting to be called for the hearing but the Senate did not list the confirmation in the Order Paper for the day, moving the day for the hearing to today December 15, a day after the budget presentation by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Mr. Magu replaced former EFCC boss, Ibrahim Lamorde in an 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.