Adenike Lucas, Editor, Denisaurus News
The Senate has rejected the nomination of Mr Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, this blog has learnt.
DENISAURUS News discovered that Mr Magu who held the position of acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for more than one year was rejected based on information from the Department of State Security, DSS.
Reporters of this blog received information from eye witnesses this morning, that the rep member for Borno South had clashed with his counterpart from Kogi West over the confirmation issue.
This led the Senate President to call for an Executive session with the mind of clearing the hurdles against Mr Magu.
For more than six month the editor of this blog, Adenike Lucas has had the privilege of speaking to several core staff at the commission who complained of the high level of corruption perpetuated by their boss.
Miss Lucas took the bold decision to stand in solidarity with the victimised staff members and gave massive coverage to their plights at the hand of Mr Magu.
The staff proposed 100 question for Mr Magu to answer before his confirmation.
ARREST OF POPULAR BLOGGER
One of such coverage, which detailed the bullying by Mr Magu was published on Abusidiqu.com. This led to the arrest of the publisher.
Nonetheless, Miss Lucas was not discouraged and she went as far as calling for the DSS release of the report on Mr Magu.
This call received the backing of a few senior law makers, this month.
INDICTING DSS REPORT
The Senate had first refused to screen the Deputy Commissioner of Police even though the Deputy Senate President had stated that it would, last week (December 8).
According to the report submitted by the DSS Director, Alhaji Lawal Musa Daura, Mr Magu was indicted for gross abuse and his confirmation has been rejected today.
The Senate’s Spokesperson, Aliyu Abdullahi, made the announcement this afternoon, after the Executive session where Senators had spent over one hour behind closed doors discussing the issue.
“The Senate wish to inform the public that based om available security report, the Senate can not proceed with confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Mr Abudullahi said: “The nomination of Ibrahim Magu is herby rejected and has been returned to the President for further action.”
Sources told Denisaurus that Mr Magu was snuck out through the underground of Senate chamber after his rejection by senators.
Staff at the EFCC say that Mr Magu “had overstayed his welcome and had broken the public service rule which states that one is only meant to be in the acting role for 3-6 months.
Many who were holding a vigil before the decision was made against Mr Magu, confirmed the news to this blog.
They say it is a “welcome development for transformation, and revamping, re-invorgation and total overhaul of the system.”
They now look forward to doing their “professionally work without hindrances.”
According, to them, “Mr Magu was brought down by victimisation of core staff.”
“They now call for his arrest and must be prevented from going to the office where he can tamper with files or putting lives at risk.”