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Finally, Senate to screen Magu on Wednesday

Senate President Bukola Saraki announced on Tuesday that the senate will hold a confirmation hearing for Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday.

This comes a few weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari asked the senate to reconsider its decision to reject Magu as EFCC chairman.

While Buhari was on vacation in London, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo sent a letter to the senate requesting Magu’s confirmation.

On January 24, Saraki read the letter after the upper legislative chamber resumed from a closed session that lasted about 80 minutes.

Recall that on December 15, 2016, the senate‎ rejected the appointment of Magu as EFCC chairman, citing a security report from the department of state services (DSS).

In the report, Magu was accused of living in a house paid for by a “corrupt” businessman. He was also accused of extorting money — through a proxy‎ — from suspects.

THe President directed Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, to investigate the allegations‎.

Malami submitted his report at the end of the assignment but details of the investigation were not revealed in the President’s letter back to the senate requesting that Magu’s appointment be reconsidered.

 

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