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Osinbajo: Magu will remain EFCC chairman as long as I’m acting president


Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President, says Ibrahim Magu will remain the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as long as he is Acting President and Muhammadu Buhari is President.

Osinbajo said this through Nasir el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, who represented him on Thursday at the commissioning of the EFCC zonal office in the state.

“Mr Chairman sir, a few weeks ago, I discussed the EFCC and your appointment with President Muhammadu Buhari, and he told me in no uncertain terms that he has every confidence in you, in the commission and the work that you are doing. And as long as he is President, you will remain the Chairman of the EFCC.

“Lat night, I spoke with the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, who reconfirmed the position of the President, and told me that as long as he remains the Acting President or Vice President, Ibrahim Magu will be the Chairman of the EFCC.

“That is the only message from the President. So for those thinking that corruption is beginning to win this war, Magu will remain their nightmare for the next two years or six years as the case may be.”

The Senate rejected Magu based on a report by the Department of State Services (DSS) to the effect that he had received favours from some questionable characters.

Although Magu has denied the allegation, the Senate has insisted that he will not be confirmed. During Plenary on Tuesday, the legislators resolved that it will no longer screen any nominee sent to it by the executive until Magu leaves office.

One of them, Sam Anyanwu, of Imo State even threatened that the Senate will move against the executive if Magu does not leave his post after 48 hours.

Dino Melaye, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on the FCT, noted that Magu can serve Nigeria in other capacities because “he is not the only Nigerian Angel; his mates are DPOs and area commanders”.

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