Tuesday, 24 January 2017


Senate President Bukola Saraki may today read President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter, re-nominating the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu for confirmation as substantive chairman of the commission.

Sources revealed that the President’s letter had been sent to the Senate President.

While one of the sources said the name of Magu who was rejected in December by the Senate was resubmitted by President Buhari alongside his vacation notice, another said it was submitted on Sunday.

The source said the President submitted two letter one on Magu and the other on Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal.
 The president pleaded with senators to reconsider their positions on Magu.

“As I’m talking to you, the two letters are with the Senate President. They will be read on the floor today, “he said, pleading anonymity.

Babachir was indicted by a panel of the Senate, chaired by Senator Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna) over misappropriation of funds of the Presidential Initiative on North East (PINE). The Senate requested for the sack of the SGF.

Magu was rejected over the report of the Department of State Services (DSS) that indicted. The rejection of Magu by the Senate led to removal of Senator Ali Ndume as Senate leader.

Ndume had faulted the rejection of Magu who has been acting as the EFCC boss since November 2015 when Ibrahim Lamorde was removed.

The request for Magu’s confirmation was first submitted to the Senate in June last year by Vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo when he was acting President.

A ranking Senator said he was told before President Buhari travelled out of the country that Magu’s name had been resubmitted.

“My friend in the Villa jokingly told me that Buhari’s communication on Magu’s renomination had been sent to us. I haven’t seen it,” he said in a phone interview.

Contacted the spokesperson of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi said he had  no idea about the letters.

Source: Daily Trust

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