Updated: Senate Fixes Magu’s Screening For Dec 15

Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu
Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

The Senate has rescheduled the screening of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, to Thursday, December 15.

This was contained in a post on the Senate’s official Twitter handle, @NGRSenate.

“We will screen @officialEFCC chairman and other @officialEFCC Nominees on Thursday 15th December at 11am. Formal letter sent to EFCC,” the post read.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, had announced on Wednesday that the upper legislative chamber would commence Magu’s screening as well as four other nominees of the commission on Thursday, five months after they were nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Contrary to the announcement, the Senate’s Order Paper of Thursday, December 8, 2016, which was obtained by journalists, did not reflect the screening exercise.

The Order Paper is a document containing all the Senate’s activities for a given legislative day.

Some forces within the Presidency are alleged to be against Magu’s confirmation as the EFCC’s chairman.

Some reports have also fingered the Department of State Service, DSS, as a collaborator in the scheme to edge out the anti-corruption boss through a damning security report it has sent to the Senate on Magu.

Recall that the letter for Magu’s confirmation was dated June 17, 2016, and signed by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, who was then acting on behalf of the President while he was on a 10-day medical vacation in the United Kingdom.

The letter was received at the Senate on June 22 as clearly shown by the official stamp on it, but was not read on at plenary by Senate President, Bukola Saraki, until July 14.

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The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, last week commended the courage of the EFCC boss in fighting corruption in the country, promising the police would support the anti-graft agency to succeed.

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