Updated: Why Senate Rejected Magu’s Nominatiom

On the strength of another letter sent by the Department of State Security, DSS, the Senate on Wednesday for the second time rejected the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The DSS, which upheld an earlier letter that Magu failed the integrity test, emphasized that the EFFC boss would constitute “a liability to the anti-corruption fight of the present administration”.

The contents of the letter was considered too damning for Magu

“Investigation on the chairmanship of Magu revealed that in August 2008 during the tenure of Farida Waziri as the commission’s chairman, some sensitive documents which were not supposed to be at the disposal of Magu were discovered in his house.

He was subsequently redeployed to the police after days of detention and later suspended from the police force,” the report read.

“In December 2010, the Police Service Commission (PSC) found Magu guilty of action prejudicial to state security – withholding of EFCC files, sabotage, unauthorised removal of EFCC files and acts unbecoming of a police officer, and awarded him severe reprimand as punishment.

“Notwithstanding, sequel to the appointment of Ibrahim Lamorde as chairman, he made the return of Magu to the EFCC a top priority. Magu remained a top official of the Commission until he was appointed to succeed Lamorde.

“Magu is currently occupying a residence rented for N40m at N20m per annum.

“One Umar Mohammed, an air commodore retired, a questionable businessman who has subsequently been arrested by the secret service, paid for the accommodation.

“For the furnishing of the residence, Magu enlisted the Federal Capital Development Authority to award a contract to Africa Energy, a company owned by the same Mohammed, to furnish the residence at the cost of N43m.”

Magu however told reporters that he was not given a fair hearing by the DSS and vowed to continue the anti-corruption war, though he did not state under what capacity.

In his reaction, Mike Ozekhome ,SAN, said it would be making a mockery of the anti-corruption war for President Buhari to present Magu again for a third time to the Senate, while Femi Falana, SAN, disagreed, stating that Magu can either continue his work under acting capacity or a successor is found if he fails another appearance before the Senate.