Senate Rejects President Buhari’s EFCC Chairman Nomination

EFCC Chairman Ibrahim Magu
Ag. EFCC Chairman Ibrahim Magu

The Senate on Thursday rejected the nomination of Mr Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) six months after his name was sent for confirmation.

The Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Sen. Sabi Abdullahi, made this known while briefing newsmen in Abuja after its closed-door session which lasted about three hours.

He said the rejection of Magu’s nomination of was based on security reports available to the senate and was not favorable for his clearance for the anti-graft agency’s top job asking President Muhammadu Buhari who nominated him to immediately replaced him.

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Briefing Newsmen, Sen. Abdullahi said “The Senate wishes to inform the general public that based on security reports available to the Senate, it cannot proceed and confirm the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as the Executive Chairman of EFCC.

“Accordingly, the Senate hereby rejects the said nomination and has returned the said nomination to Mr President for further action,’’ he said.

The Presidency had in July this year written the Senate, seeking the screening and confirmation of Magu as Substantive Chairman of EFCC.

However, the Red Chamber gave its approval for to the nomination of other four members of the board of the commission, whose names were sent along side Magu’s.

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Buhari appointed Magu as acting chairman of the EFCC after the removal of Mr Ibrahim Lamorde on Nov. 9, 2015

Before his appointment as the acting EFCC chairman, Magu was the Head of Economic Governance Unit of the commission.

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