THE Senate yesterday refused to substantiate Ibrahim Magu as substantive chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC, upon a safety report by the Division of State Companies, DSS, sparking a verbal backlash from supporters of Magu.
The 14-paragraph confidential report mentioned that Magu has failed the integrity take a look at and that if confirmed, he might finally represent a legal responsibility to the anti-corruption drive of the administration.
The Senate, nevertheless, gave approval for the screening of the 4 members of the EFCC board whose names have been despatched alongside Magu by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo for affirmation in July whereas President Muhammadu Buhari was away on medical trip.
The DSS safety report, amongst others alleged that Magu is occupying a N20 million per 12 months lodging, allegedly rented for him by somebody underneath EFCC investigation; lives a flamboyant way of life and flouted the President’s order towards public officers flying firstclass when he went on pilgrimage. A number of the accusations had been final night time being pooh-poohed by associates of Magu.
One affiliate notably debunked the lodging allegation, saying that Magu lives in a home offered for him by the Federal Capital Territory.
Addressing journalists after a closed-door session, which lasted for about three hours, Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi mentioned that the rejection was based mostly on safety causes.
Ibrahim Magu, Performing Government Chairman, EFCC
Studying a ready assertion, Senator Abdullahi stated: “The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria needs to tell most of the people that primarily based on safety stories obtainable to the Senate; the Senate can’t proceed and make sure the nomination of Ibrahim Magu Mustapha as Government Chairman of EFCC.
“Accordingly, the Senate hereby rejects the mentioned nomination and has returned the mentioned nomination to Mr. President for additional motion.”
It might be recalled that the Senate had final week deferred Magu’s affirmation listening to to yesterday.
We gathered that the 14 paragraph DSS report signed by Folashade Bello for the Director- Basic of DSS was learn on the ground of the Senate by Senate President Bukola Saraki. Copies of the extremely categorized doc have been, nonetheless, not circulated to senators.
The report was dated October three, addressed to the Appearing Clerk of the Senate and titled, “ Re: Request for Safety Vetting your letter NASS/CS/SA/01/sixteen/08/1 dated September 21, 2016 requesting for the vetting of the Chairman and members of the EFCC.
The report stated: “Investigating the Chairman nominee; Ibrahim Magu revealed that in August 2008, following a search at his residence in the course of the tenure of Farida Waziri, AIG, retd, as a Commissioner, some delicate EFCC paperwork which weren’t alleged to be at his disposal had been with him. He was subsequently redeployed to the Police after days of detention and later suspended from the pressure.
“In December 2010, the Police Service Fee discovered Magu responsible of motion prejudicial to State Safety, withholding of EFCC recordsdata, sabotage, unauthorized elimination of EFCC recordsdata, and acts unbecoming of a Police officer and awarded him extreme reprimand as punishment.
“However, sequel to the appointment of Ibrahim Lamorde as Chairman of EFCC in 2011, he made the return of Magu to the EFCC a prime precedence. Each males had labored collectively on the Fee when Lamorde served as head of operations of the company; Magu remained a prime official of the Fee till he was appointed to succeed Lamorde.
“Magu is at present occupying a residence rented for N40 million at N20 million every year. This lodging was not paid for from the Fee’s funds.
“Investigations present that Magu commonly embarks on official and personal journeys by way of a non-public provider, EasyJet, In certainly one of such journeys, Magu flew to Maiduguri alongside the Managing Director of a financial institution, who was being investigated by the Fee over complicity
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