We learnt President Muhammadu Buhari has resubmitted the name of Mr. Ibrahim Magu to the Senate for confirmation as the substantive Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
According to Thisday, the letter containing the president’s request, was delivered to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Sunday night, five weeks after the upper chamber of the National Assembly rejected Magu’s confirmation because of an adverse security report from the State Security Services (SSS) which indicted Magu for corruption.
The report also states that, the Senate president is expected to read the presidential communication at plenary today even as a Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos has fixed February 13, 2017 as hearing date for a suit challenging the propriety of Magu’s discharge of the function of the office of the commission’s chairman without Senate’s confirmation.
Magu who has been functioning as the acting chairman of the commission since 2015, was taken to court by a lawyer and rights activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, who asked the court to restrain Magu from parading himself as acting chairman of the commission until he is confirmed by the Senate.
It was also sometime reported that, following the Senate’s rejection of his nomination and indictment, the president directed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), to investigate the allegations against Magu. He submitted his report two weeks ago.
It appears Mr. Malami’s report did not affirm the reasons why the senate rejected Magu. Hence this resubmission by the presidency.
Source: Thisday newspaper
Written by Okolo Ezinne