Breaking: Saraki Reads Letter From Buhari Re-nominating Magu as EFCC Chairman, Clears SFG

Senate President Bukola Saraki, Tuesday, read a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari, re-nominating the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, as the substantive Chairman of the anti-graft agency.
The letter also informed the Senate that it found the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, not guilty of the corruption allegations against him by the Senate.
The letter said the duo have been cleared of corruption charges following an investigation into allegations against them..
With the clearance, Magu will now be confirmed as the Chairman of EFCC while the call for the sack of the SFG by the Senate would have no basis.
The Senate had in December last year declined to confirm Magu as the substantive chairman of EFCC, ending months of delay and rancorous power-play involving influential senators, the Department of State Security (DSS) and officials of the presidency opposed to Magu’s headship of the agency.
The spokesperson for the Senate, Aliyu Abdullahi, had told the press that its rejection of Magu’s nomination was based on a security report by the DSS
President Buhari had ordered the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to carry out detailed investigation into the allegation.
On the SFG, the Senate’s had called for his sack following the interim report of its ad-hoc committee on “mounting humanitarian crisis in the North East” led by Shehu Sani.
The Committee indicted Lawal for receiving N200m contract to clear “invasive plant species” in Yobe State through a company, Rholavision Nigeria Limited.
The Senate said Lawal remained a Director of the company till September 2016, over a year after his appointment, in breach of Nigeria’s code of conduct for public officials as enshrined in the 1999 constitution.
Lawal denied the allegations, dismissed the Senate as saying “balderdash”, and accused the lawmakers of attempt “to bring him him down at all cost”.
In his reaction conveyed through the letter read by Saraki Tuesday, Buhari said the SGF was not given fair hearing before the indictment.
He said that Lawal said neither the SGF nor the company said to have been used to perpetrate the alleged illegality was invited by the the Shehu Sani-committee.
B hard also said the report of the Committee was signed by three of the nine members of the ad hoc commitee, thus making its report a minority report.
Consequently, the President said he had no choice than to not to act against Lawal as canvassed by the Senate.
But in a quick reaction, Sani raised a point of order to defend his commitee’s report.
He said Buhari’s claims were false, insisting that Lawal and other parties were involved and his committee had evidence.
He also said seven of nine members of the committee signed the report, not three of nine as claimed by the President.

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