NASS: Magu's Time As Acting EFCC Chairman Is Over, Requests New Nomination From Presidency

After the Senate rejected the Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr . Ibrahim Magu, the Senate has requested that President Muhammadu Buhari nominate a replacement for the Acting Chairman.

The upper chamber of the National Assembly said the rejection had ended Magu’ s chairmanship of the EFCC in acting capacity. The decision was based on a security report on Magu by the Department of State Services. Magu, however , denied the allegations against him in the report, saying the DSS never invited him to defend himself , urging the lawmakers to disregard the report .

After all questions had been asked , President of the Senate , Senator Bukola Saraki , who presided over the plenary, asked the Clerk to the Senate to confirm how many letters were received from the DSS. He said, “ Only one letter was received in my office on the 3rd of October , 2016, from the Department of State Services . Only one letter was received . The one of yesterday ( Tuesday) was actually sent because a request was made again after the renomination. The one of yesterday, dated 14th March , 2017, was to reaffirm the content of the earlier letter. ”

There were reports that the DSS issued two conflicting reports on Magu; one was addressed to the Clerk of the Senate, while the other was sent through the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters ( Senate ) , Senator Ita Enang, who had refused to comment on the second letter when he was asked by journalists. The Senate President , thereafter , put Magu’ s nomination to voice vote and the nays had it. Angered by the rejection , former Majority Leader of the Senate, Senator Ali Ndume , raised a point of order , in which he accused the Senate of double standard.

He said , “ Yesterday , we got a letter from Nigeria Customs Service, signed by an Assistant Comptroller General ( and sent) to the Clerk. We said that was not the right thing to do. “ This letter or report should have been written and signed by the Director -General of the DSS . By the wish of God and nature of democracy, the majority will have their way and the minority will have their say . All I am saying is that there are two letters here . ”

Saraki , however , ruled Ndume out of order. Melaye also moved a motion , saying , “ The consequence of the decision of the Senate to reject the nomination of Mr . Ibrahim Magu, I therefore move that the Senate, by resolution, ask the highest public officer in the EFCC to take over the leadership of the EFCC. ” Saraki , in his response, said , “ The decision we have taken today is that we have not confirmed Ibrahim Magu as the chairman and, as such , it goes to show that it requires for the President to renominate another candidate . And in the interim, of course , somebody else will have to carry on that exercise. ”
The Presidency , however , refused to state the next step it would take as a result of Magu’ s rejection.

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