The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on Wednesday voted against the nomination of Mr. Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
President Muhammadu Buhari had late last year submitted Magu’s name to the Senate for confirmation as substantive Chairman of EFCC having served in acting capacity since November, 2015. The Senate however refused to screen him citing security reports from the Department of State Services (DSS).
President Buhari, however, resubmitted Magu’s name on the 23rd of January, 2017, after consulting with the leadership of the Senate.
On Wednesday, Magu responded to questions from senators during plenary, denying allegations of corruption leveled against him.
“Another allegation was that, I was living in an apartment which belongs to Air Commodore Mohammed Umar. The truth was that, I was staying in Karu and was almost late for official assignment, so the authority got a new place for me,” he said.
He also said he was arrested and detained by the Nigerian Police for over two weeks, over the allegation that he was carrying official files and documents.
“I was locked longer than necessary for over 2 weeks. I was detained with armed robbers at Area 10.
Magu stated that as acting Chairman of the EFCC the commission has made recoveries which include the $153m, $927m, £74,000 recently recovered from Andrew Yakubu and others, as well as the N49m recovered at the Kaduna Airport on Tuesday.
A mild drama however, turned out when the Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, drew the attention of the Senate to another DSS security report submitted to the office of the Clerk on Tuesday, 14th March 2017.
“In the light of the foregoing, Magu has failed the integrity test and will eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption stand of the current government,” the SSS report, read by Mr. Melaye, stated.
The letter was however faulted by Magu and some Senators. However, in the end, senators voted against Magu’s confirmation.