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Buhari writes Senate, re-nominates Magu as EFCC chairman

The Nigerian Senate has received a letter sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari re-nominating Mr Ibrahim Magu, as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, read the letter during plenary on Tuesday that began after a closed-door meeting that lasted for about two hours. It was earlier believed that the re-nomination of Mr. Magu may have topped talks at the meeting, but the Senate President explained that the Senate simply discussed the issue of welfare of the Senate and National Assembly. ‘Satisfactorily Clarified Allegation’ When plenary began, the Senate President then read the letter from the President, re-nominating Mr Magu for approval as the Chairman of the EFCC. In the letter, which was sent to the Senate on Monday, President Buhari explained that the nominee had satisfactorily clarified the allegations, which led to the earlier rejection by the Senate. The President also rejected the recommendation of the Senate, asking for the removal of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation over allegation of corruption. However, the Chairman of the Senate ad-hoc Committee on the Humanitarian Situation in the North East, Senator Shehu Sani, dismissed the president’s response, describing it as a distortion of facts. The federal lawmakers had in 2016 turned down the President’s request for the confirmation of Mr Magu who is currently the acting chairman of the anti-corruption body. They cited security report by the Department of Security Services (DSS) which the Senate claimed indicted Mr. Magu. The decision by the Senate had been a subject of controversy as former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, had insisted that Mr. Magu was not rejected by the lawmakers but his confirmation was only stepped down for further consultation with the Presidency. Explaining the reason behind the decision, the Senate said that security report available to it showed that Mr Magu is not fit to be chairman of the body. Addressing journalists at the National Assembly after that decision was taken, Senate Spokesman, Aliyu Abdullahi, said that based on security reports, the Senate cannot proceed to confirm the acting EFCC Chairman.

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