AFTER INITIAL refusal to
confirm Ibrahim Mustapha Magu
as substantive chairman of the
Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, upon a security
report by the Department of State
Services, DSS, the Senate will
today screen the embattled acting
chairman of the anti-graft agency for
the position.
Senate President Bukola Saraki
announced to senators yesterday
during plenary that Magu had been
scheduled for screening today.
The upper legislative chamber had
three months ago refused to screen
Magu as substantive chairman of
the EFCC, claiming that its action
was based on a security report by the
DSS under the incumbent directorgeneral,
Lawal Daura.
The Senate, however, gave
approval for the screening of the four
members of the EFCC board whose
names were sent alongside Magu
by the vice president, Professor
Yemi Osinbajo, for confirmation
in July last year while President
Muhammadu Buhari was away on
medical vacation.
The DSS security report, among
others, alleged that Magu was
occupying a N20 million per year
accommodation, allegedly rented
for him by someone under EFCC
investigation; lives a flamboyantlifestyle and flouted the President’s
order against public officers
flying first class when he went on
Spokesman of the Senate, Senator
Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi told journalists
after about three hours closed-door
meeting by the senators on Magu’s
confirmation, among other issues
discussed, that the rejection of the
acting EFCC chairman stood based
on the security report.,
Senator Abdullahi said: “The
Senate of the Federal Republic
of Nigeria wishes to inform the
general public that based on security
reports available to the Senate; the
Senate cannot proceed and confirm
the nomination of Ibrahim Magu
Mustapha as executive shairman of
“Accordingly, the Senate hereby
rejects the said nomination and has
returned the said nomination to Mr.
President for further action.”
It would be recalled that the
14-paragraph DSS report signed
by Folashade Bello on behalf of
the director-general was read on
the floor of the upper legislative
chamber by the Senate president.
The report was dated October
3, 2017 addressed to the Acting
Clerk of the Senate and titled ‘Re:
Request for Security Vetting your
letter NASS/CS/SA/01/16/08/1’
dated September 21, 2016 requesting
for the vetting of the chairman and
members of the EFCC.
It read: “Investigating the
chairman nominee, Ibrahim Magu
revealed that in August 2008,
following a search at his residence
during the tenure of Farida Waziri,
AIG, retd, as a commissioner, some
sensitive EFCC documents which
were not supposed to be at his
disposal were with him.
“He was subsequently redeployed
to the Police after days of detention
and later suspended from the Force.
In December 2010, the Police Service
Commission 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 of EFCC in 2011, he
made the return of Magu to the
EFCC a top priority. Both men had
worked together at the Commission
when Lamorde served as head of
Operations of the agency; Magu
remained a top official of the
commission until he was appointed
to succeed Lamorde”.
However, President Buhari later
set up a panel led by the Attorney
General of the Federation, Abubakar
Malami, SAN to probe the
allegations against the acting EFCC