Buhari Ignores DSS Report, Resends Magu’s Name to Senate for Confirmation as EFCC Chair

Indications have emerged that President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate, asking that the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu, be confirmed as the substantive Chairman.
Buhari’s letter was in response to the communication from the Senate on the earlier rejection of Magu as EFCC chairman based on damning security report by the Department of State Services (DSS) on him.
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 DSS and officials of the presidency opposed to Magu’s headship of the agency.
The spokesperson for the Senate, Aliyu Abdullahi, at a hurriedly arranged press conference, had cited a security report for Senate rejection of Magu’s candidacy.
His re-nomination was said to have based on no guilty report after the President Buhari had ordered the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation to carry out a detailed investigation into the DSS report.
“The investigation of the claims made against Magu is not just for the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation”, a source was quoted to have said.
The source said the Vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo, played a leading role in the investigation and ended up absolving Magu of any culpability, morally or legally, and afterwards recommending that he should be re-nominated by the President.
Besides the investigation that involved the Vice-President and the Justice Minister, the presidential advisory council on anti-corruption also undertook a separate task and equally advised Buhari to re-nominate Magu.
Consequently, the President ignored the DSS reports and resent Magu’s name for confirmation.

Author: News Editor

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