The Presidency has distanced itself from reports that
President Muhammadu Buhari has written a fresh letter to the Senate
insisting on confirming the Acting Chairman of the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu.
The Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly
Matters (Senate), Mr. Ita Enang, said he was not aware of such letter.
Enang was reacting to media reports that the President, who
is currently on a 10-day annual vacation, had sent a letter to the
Senate insisting on the confirmation of Magu.
He said, “You are about the third person calling me on this matter.
“I am not aware of that discussion and I don’t want to speak on the matter because I don’t have details.”
The Senate on December 15, 2016, rejected the request for
the confirmation of Magu based on security reports from the Department
of State Security.
It thereafter returned the nomination Magu to the President for further action.
The presidency had in July 2016 written the Senate,
requesting the screening and confirmation of Magu as Substantive
Chairman of EFCC.
Buhari appointed Magu as acting chairman of the EFCC after the removal of Mr Ibrahim Lamorde on Nov. 9, 2015.
Before his appointment as the acting EFCC chairman, Magu was the Head of Economic Governance Unit of the commission.