The Senate had on Thursday rejected the nomination of Magu by Buhari because the Chairman of the EFCC.
The higher chamber of the Nationwide Meeting cited “safety experiences” as the explanation for the rejection.
The PUNCH, nonetheless, sighted a duplicate of the “safety report” by the DSS by which Magu’s actions had been alleged to have made him ineligible to carry the workplace.
The letter, dated October three, was addressed to the Clerk of the Senate, in reference to a letter by the Senate, dated September 21, 2016, asking for Magu’s safety test.
The report, which listed a number of alleged malpractices in opposition to the EFCC boss, stated his affirmation would frustrate the anti-graft drive of the Buhari-led administration.
A part of the allegations in opposition to Magu was his being in possession of EFCC paperwork in his personal residence throughout the chairmanship of Farida Waziri.
The DSS additionally made reference to the circumstances surrounding Magu’s arrest, detention and suspension by the Nigeria Police.
The key service additionally alleged that the sum of N40m was paid for the rented house, which prices N20m every year, the place the appearing EFCC chairman presently resides.
It added that the lodging was not paid for from the fee’s account however by a presidential appointee, who had been underneath investigation.
The DSS alleged that after renting the house for Magu, the buddy awarded a N43m contract for the furnishing of the lodging.
The appointee, who’s a retired Air Commodore, was stated to be an in depth affiliate and ally of Magu, allegedly and “runs questionable enterprise” and was as soon as arrested by the service.
The report, which cleared the opposite 4 EFCC appointees, stated Magu, flew a non-public jet owned by the retired army officer.
The service additionally claimed that the EFCC boss was as soon as in the identical flight to Maiduguri with a Managing Director of one of many new era banks, who it alleged was underneath investigation.
It added that the financial institution chief had been linked with a former Minister of Petroleum Sources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.
The DSS said that after the arrest of service chiefs by the EFCC, together with Badeh, Umar and Amosu, Magu’s ally, whereas underneath interrogation by the service, had confessed that he didn’t need Amosu to be probed, the explanation why the EFCC arraigned Amosu after his buddy’s interrogation.
The appearing EFCC boss was additionally accused within the report of creating false allegations in opposition to people “for private causes.”
The report stated, “The circumstances surrounding the return of Magu to the EFCC and the position performed by Lamorde and their shut relationship are clear indications of his culpability within the allegation of corruption tendencies of the Lamorde-led EFCC.”
The DSS additionally alleged that “Magu makes use of solely his police cronies to execute operations,” including that the truth that the cronies had acquired landed properties “led credence to the questions on his integrity.”
The report added, “On this gentle, Magu has failed the integrity take a look at and can ultimately represent a legal responsibility to the anti-corruption drive of the current administration.”
In rejecting Magu, the higher chamber of the Nationwide Meeting had cited “safety experiences” as the explanation for the rejection.
The screening had been listed on the Order Paper as a part of the actions on the chamber for the day.
The lawmakers had been to conduct a confirmatory screening for Magu and 4 members of the EFCC on their nomination.
The plan to conduct the confirmatory screening had allegedly divided the senators.
It was reliably learnt that on the normal pre-session assembly by the principal officers on Thursday, which held on the Senate President’s workplace, the lawmakers engaged themselves in a shouting match.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, earlier than the top of the closed-door session, introduced that the lawmakers had rejected Magu’s nomination and wouldn’t display screen him.
Abdullahi, who learn from a press release whereas addressing journalists, stated, “The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria needs to tell most of the people that based mostly on safety experiences accessible to the Senate, the Senate can not proceed and make sure the nomination of Ibrahim Magu because the Government Chairman of the EFCC.
“Accordingly, the Senate hereby rejects the stated nomination and has returned the stated nomination to Mr. President for additional motion.”
In an try by journalists to ask Abdullahi questions, particularly on the reported energy play involving Magu, people and the Presidency and the Senate management, the Senator stated, “There’s no confusion right here. We’ve got stated it’s based mostly on safety experiences. Please, all of us – public officers – go for safety screening. Everyone! And we’re saying based mostly on safety experiences, we can not proceed and make sure (Magu) and we’re rejecting it (the nomination) and returning it to Mr. President for additional motion. That’s simply the assertion.’’
The report, it was gathered, had been with Senate President Bukola Saraki since October.
Saraki, who presided over the plenary, referred the opposite nominees to the Committee on Anti-Corruption and Monetary Crimes for screening.
Magu, who was appointed by the President as appearing Chairman of the EFCC in November, 2015, following the elimination of Ibrahim Lamorde, has remained within the appearing capability for over one 12 months.
Other than Magu, the affirmation of 4 members of the fee was additionally delayed.
The affected appointees are Moses Nda Sule, Mamman Lawan, Imam Najib Galadanchi and Adebayo Adeleke.
The letter for Magu’s affirmation was dated June 17, 2016, and signed by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was then the appearing President whereas Buhari was in the UK on a 10-day medical trip.
Sagay, others accuse lawmakers of preventing corruption conflict
Reacting to the rejection of Magu on Thursday, Sagay berated the Senate for refusing to verify the appearing EFCC chairman.
Sagay advised The PUNCH throughout a phone interview that the Senate acted for egocentric causes and never within the common curiosity of Nigerians.
He stated, “The Senate doesn’t appoint a boss of the EFCC; what it does is to verify an appointment. If it doesn’t verify, then, he’ll stay appearing, he doesn’t change into substantive however the powers of appearing or substantive chairman are the identical; it’s only a distinction in nomenclature.
“So, any act of unhealthy religion to decelerate the corruption conflict is misplaced and it received’t work. It’s unhappy that individuals will go to that extent of rejecting what is sweet for the nation for his or her egocentric causes as a result of they suppose it isn’t handy for them. So that is desire for self-preservation on the expense of the nation and the folks of the nation.”
He requested Nigerians to stand up and be a part of the combat in opposition to corruption and condemn the motion of the Senate.
“They have to present that they’re and affected by the distress and poverty which have been attributable to looting. They have to come out and combat and be a part of within the battle; in any other case, they may get up in the future and realise that there is no such thing as a nation once more.”
Additionally, human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), believed the Senate had not rejected Magu formally.
He stated, “What the regulation says is that the Senate shall verify an EFCC chairman; not an government session, not a committee and the Senate has not finished this.
“So, the Senate has not rejected him and should you have a look at what has been finished, they’re saying they acquired a safety report for which cause they don’t seem to be contemplating his nomination.”
Additionally, a gaggle of legal professionals, underneath the aegis of the Nationwide Affiliation of Democratic Legal professionals, demanded the disclosure of the character and content material of the “safety report”, which the Senate relied on to reject the nomination of Magu.
In a press release on Thursday by its President, Mr. Luke Aghanenu, NADL stated it was curious that the Senate would reject Magu despite the great efficiency of the EFCC underneath his watch as appearing chairman.
The group stated, “Maybe it’s to avoid wasting its face from what clearly appears to be outright bias that it launched into this rejection by invoking unexplained safety causes.
“As the facility to verify or reject a nominee for the Chairman of the EFCC is a constitutional responsibility, we demand that the Senate ought to instantly confide in Nigerians what the ‘safety report’ on Mr. Ibrahim Magu, is to justify the introduced rejection of his nomination.
Teams condemn EFCC boss rejection
Additionally, civil rights teams, in separate interviews with The PUNCH condemned the rejection of the EFCC appearing chairman by the Senate.
The President of the Nigeria Voters Meeting, Mashood Erubami, stated there was a context by which the Senate had been reluctant to accede to the affirmation of the EFCC Chairman earlier than the rejection.
He said, “The context is that corruption is strongly preventing again albeit vindictively. The rejection is just not solely focused at stepping on the toes of the chief in its dogged combat in opposition to corruption but additionally to drag down the establishments getting used and to garbage the President’s efforts to strongly put up a very good combat in opposition to unethical practices.
“Certainly, the course by which the legislators are going to both finish the combat in opposition to corruption or crush its preventing legs is well-known to Nigerians however it is going to be left to Nigerians to rise to bail themselves from the menacing acts of their tormentors.”
A member of the Home of Representatives within the Second Republic, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, described the Senate’s rejection of the nomination of Magu as a blow to democracy.
Mohammed stated, “I discover the entire improvement relatively curious. I don’t settle for that in a democracy, the legislature ought to presume and intentionally delay the affirmation of such an necessary place within the authorities, and now, belatedly, advance some humorous causes corresponding to antagonistic safety report.
“My suspicion is that some members of the cabal across the President and their mates within the Senate, who’re decided to ensure that Magu doesn’t get confirmed, are chargeable for this example.
“Secondly, since Magu has served on this capability for six months and has not been discovered wanting, the conventional routine is to verify his appointment. The federal government of the day, along with Senators, has refused to verify him. I really feel it is a blow to democracy.”
The President, Marketing campaign for Democracy, Bako Usman, stated the lawmakers might need rejected Magu for being too near the Presidency.
“The irony behind the tragedy of not confirming (Magu) might not be far-off from the truth that Magu has been seen by the bulk, not simply the Senate, as being selective in his quest for bringing residents to justice.
“The romance that exists between Magu and the Presidency is obvious, the Nationwide meeting will relatively need a completely different individual in that place,” he added.
However a lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, stated the motion of the Senate re-asserted the independence of the legislative arm of presidency.
He said, “It’s unsuitable to construct our establishments, particularly the anti -corruption companies, round people. We must always strengthen the establishments relatively than the people.
“On this regard, the rejection of Mr. Magu should not have any impression on the work of the EFCC, ordinarily. In a rustic of about 180 million folks, the President ought to store for a alternative that may carry out the job as a lot and even higher than Mr. Magu.”
Magu is not going to be eliminated –PACAC boss
In the meantime, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee In opposition to Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, has stated Magu is not going to get replaced by another individual.
Sagay, who said this within the present version of The Interview, stated Magu’s appointment could be renewed whether or not he was confirmed or not.
Within the interview carried out by The Interview earlier than Magu’s rejection on Thursday, Sagay stated, “Corruption is preventing again. The people who find themselves supposed to verify him, lots of them are underneath investigation and, in some way, they suppose in the event that they don’t verify him, the investigation will regularly fade away, forgetting that an appearing chairman is a boss. There is no such thing as a distinction in powers. He’s going to be there.
“Whether or not they prefer it or not, he will likely be there. His chairmanship will carry on being renewed.
“Since Nuhu Ribadu left, we have now not had a person with such sterling qualities as Ibrahim Magu, and whether or not they prefer it or not, Magu goes to be there till he completes all of the phrases he’s alleged to underneath the regulation.”