President Muhammadu Buhari has asked that the acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu be cleared by the Senate without raising allegations leveled against him by the Department of State Security Services. TheBriefng can exclusively report.
Although Presidency had distanced itself from reports that President Muhammadu Buhari has written a fresh letter to the Senate insisting on confirming Magu as substantive Chairman of EFCC, the letter seen by this news platform confirmed that the President wants the Nigerian Senate to ignore the allegations and issues raised against Magu.
TheBriefng also confirmed that the letter sent to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki had no attached copy of the report of the investigation carried out by the office of the Attorney General over the allegations leveled against Magu.
It would be recalled that the Senate on Dec. 15, 2016, rejected the request for the confirmation of Magu based on security reports from the Department of State Security (DSS).
It thereafter returned the nomination to the President for further action.
TheBriefng has also confirmed that many Senators have discreetly been questioning why the President would want Magu cleared without bringing to the fore findings of his investigation in respect to the allegations leveled against him.
A high ranking Senator who spoke to this news platform under the condition of anonymity stated that, “with the sudden development, the Senate President may just read the letter by the President while we arrange to deliberate on how to go about this.
“You’re aware we have the 2017 budget to debate on so that will take the centre stage at Tuesday’s plenary. The Senator informed TheBriefng
Buhari appointed Magu as acting chairman of the EFCC after the removal of Mr Ibrahim Lamorde on Nov. 9, 2015.
He gained public attention when he led many high profile investigations against former governors including James Ibori of Delta State who recently gained his freedom after he completed his jail term in Britain on December 20, 2016.
He is a trained financial crimes investigator with background in forensic accounting, and training at the FBI institute and the London Metropolitan Police institute. He had also served, prior to his EFCC posting in Bosnia under the United Nations peacekeeping police operation.