The Senate yesterday refused to confirm the acting chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Ibrahim Magu as substantive chairman of the Commission, claiming that Magu has failed Integrity test.
However, the senate approved other four members of the EFCC board whose names were sent alongside Ibrahim Magu.
The confidential report release by DSS stated that Magu has failed the integrity test and that if confirmed, he could eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption drive of the administration.
The DSS security report, explained that Magu is living in a N20 million per annum accommodation which was rented for him by someone under EFCC watch and also that his found of lives a flamboyant lifestyle and disobeyed the President’s order against public officers flying first class when he went on pilgrimage.
Addressing journalists after a closed-door session, which lasted for about three hours, Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi said that the rejection was based on security reasons.
It would be recalled that the Senate had last week deferred Magu’s confirmation hearing to yesterday.
DSS report signed by Folashade Bello, the Director- General of DSS was read on the floor of the Senate by Senate President Bukola Saraki. However Copies of the document were not circulated to senators.
A close associate of Magu said that the issues raised were allegations of crime which were, however, not committed. “Were all these not allegations of crime? So, why were the allegations not lodged at the ICPC or with the Police? Shouldn’t the Senate have challenged him with the allegations? Has he been reported to the president? Why was he not screened?” The source claimed that the Senate instead of confronting Magu with the allegations raised against him in the DSS report rather told him that the Senate would get back to the president on his nomination.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption, Professor Itse Sagay says Magu’ll remain, the presidency said that it would not react to the development until it gets a communication from the Senate. That is not expected until next January as the Senate proceeded on Yuletide Break, yesterday.