Presidency denies report of Magu’s re-nomination as EFCC chairman

EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

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 (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, said he was not aware of such letter.

Mr 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 Mr Magu.

“You are about the third person calling me on this matter,” he told NAN.

“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 (DSS).

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 after the removal of Ibrahim Lamorde as EFCC chairman on November 9, 2015.

Before his appointment as the acting EFCC chairman, Magu was the Head of Economic Governance Unit of the commission.