Magu’s rejection: Senate has been vindicated – Sabi

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The Chairman Senate Committee on Public Affairs, Sen. Aliyu Sabi has said that the Senate had been vindicated for its rejection of Mr Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the EFCC.

Sabi who is the spokesman of the Senate said that the indictment of Magu in the leaked report of the DSS to the Minister of justice, Abubakar Malami confirmed the integrity question for which Magu was rejected.

In a statement issued in Abuja, Sabi stated that: “Following several calls made to me today by journalists seeking my comments on the leak report on Mr. Ibrahim Magu which was more damning than the one submitted to us, I can only say that myself and my colleagues have been vindicated.

“From that report which is now public, it is obvious the DG SSS even tried to give Magu soft landing in the report that was sent to the Senate.

“The recent report is messier and shows that our decision not to confirm his nomination was right.

“We therefore call on all Nigerians to continue to have full confidence and trust on the Nigerian Senate as it discharges its responsibilities according to the letter and spirit of the Nigerian constitution”, he stated.

Recently the senate rejected the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the EFCC following a report of the DSS which said the Magu was “unfit” for the job.

The report had stated among others that Mr Magu would constitute a liability to the anti-corruption drive of the present administration.

The report had also stated that Mr Magu occupied a N40 million house procured on rentage for him by an individual who is being investigated by the commission for alleged corruption.

However, the leaked report from the DSS to the Minister of Justice went further to state that Mr Magu was not intelligent enough to head such a position.

The rport stated that the affinity between Magu and Commodore Umar who is under investigation was not health for the anti-corruption fight.

The DSS stated that when the home of Commodore Umar was raided, copies many classified documents from the NSA and other high government offices which were addressed to the Chairman of the EFCC were found in the commodore’s house.

The DSS added that Mr Magu’s behaviour showed lack of professionalism.

“For an officer who was indicted and nearly dismissed six years ago, to again be involved in similar circumstances, it is clear that ‘MAGU’ is a perennial offender and cannot change,” it said.

Only last week, Transparency International UK denied e report by the EFCC stating that Mr Magu had been endorsed as an anti-corruption Icon.

After the EFCC issued a statement that the Transparency International had endorsed Magu, the anti corruption body quickly refuted the report in its website.

“In light of reports in Nigerian press, TI-UK would like to clarify the following points:

“The event is being hosted by Transparency International UK, Global Witness and The Corner House.

“This event does not constitute an official follow-up to the London Anti-Corruption Summit, hosted by the UK Government in May 2016.

“The purpose of this event is to contribute to the discussion about the effectiveness of the UK-Nigerian asset recovery process, and more generally the UK’s asset recovery regime.

“All invited guests speak on behalf of either themselves or the organisation they represent – their participation does not represent an endorsement by TI-UK.”

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