The travails of Ibrahim Magu, the deposed chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has shed a light on his confirmation at the Senate in 2017 which was vehemently opposed by Dino Melaye.
Dino Melaye had represented Kogi West at the Senate before his loss at the recent polls for a tenure extension.
Melaye had cited a fresh security report from the Department of State Services (DSS) disqualifying Magu based on his failure of an integrity test.
The Kogi senator said two reports from the DSS were released on Magu and they both also indicted him.
According to Melaye, this report basically contained the same allegations raised by the service in December which bothered on the purchase of Mr Magu’s official residence; his and past record as head of the EFCC’s economic governance unit; as well as his relationship with Mohammed Umar.
Mr Umar had been under investigation for alleged money laundering and illegal
possession of firearms.
The DSS had also alleged that the retired Air Commodore paid the sum
of 40 million Naira for Magu’s rented apartment.
That particular hearing would be the second time in three months that Magu was rejected by the lawmakers.
The first was in December 2016, after which he was re-nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari in January, 2017; after consulting with the leadership of the Senate.
Magu had been in acting capacity as EFCC chairman since November, 2015.
Explaining the reason behind the decision, the Senate had in 2016 said that security report available to it showed that Magu was not fit to be chairman of the body.
In that regard, the lawmakers sent back his nomination letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Addressing journalists at the National Assembly in 2017, Senate Spokesman, Aliyu Abdullahi said that based on security reports, the Senate cannot proceed to confirm the acting EFCC Chairman.
“Based on security reports available to the Senate, the Senate cannot proceed to confirm Mr Magu; consequently, the Senate rejects the nomination and also returns the nomination to President Buhari,” he said.