👤 Adenike Lucas, DENISAURUS News
Almost four years after the National Assembly first rejected the nomination of Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is still without a substantive boss.
This was made known by the President of the eight Senate, Bukola Saraki at the orientation programme for lawmakers newly elected to serve the people for the next four years.
Senator Saraki said Mr Magu, who this paper exclusively reported his promotion way before it was confirmed by the Police Service Commission, PSC, should have been replaced by the Executive after after the arm of Government meant to confirm him said “no” to his nomination.
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A DENISAURUS News analysis shows that Mr Magu was rejected in 2016 and 2017 following an indicting report from the Department of State Security, DSS.
The report of the secret police lends credence to the claims made to this paper about Mr Magu by his subordinates from June 2016.
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DENISAURUS News learned that Mr Magu known to act in a commando and draconian manner has continued to blame the core staff of the Commission over his bid for confirmation.
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Following recent coverage on the failure of the agency to fight graft holistically, this paper, which has also provided much report on the internal corruption perpetuated by the “rejected” EFCC boss, sent a direct tweet to the Senate President noting that the Senate should have “stood its ground – demanded for a replacement for Magu back in 2016.”
But Senator Saraki, a former Governor of Kwara State said “it is up to the executive at the time to send a replacement.”
He said: “In the case of the appointment of the chairman of the EFCC, the powers of the Senate are very clear in the constitution. For any nominee, we are guided by the constitution. It is an appointment made by Mr. President, subject to the confirmation of the Senate, which means the Senate has the powers to either say yes or say no.
“In a situation where the Senate rejects, it is up to the executive at that time to send in a replacement or in some cases, when we have appointment rejected and the executive will re-present before the Senate but if the senators again, took a decision to reject the nominee, the appointment stands rejected.”
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The Vice President, a keen supporter of the rejected EFCC boss, once caused uproar when he claimed that Mr Magu did not need the Senate to approve him as the fourth substantive chairman of the anti-graft agency.
This claim is contrary to Section 2(3) of the EFCC Act which states that the chairman and the members of this commission shall be appointed by the president subject to the confirmation of the Senate.