It’s Official: Buhari renominates Magu as EFCC Chairman

EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

President Muhammadu Buhari has written the Senate to reconsider and confirm Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Senate President Bukola Saraki read Mr. Buhari’s letter notifying the lawmakers of the re-nomination on Tuesday, just after the Senate returned from an executive session.

PREMIUM TIMES had on Monday exclusively reported that the President had re-nominated Mr. Magu for the top job at the EFCC, after earlier rejection by the Senate over claims made against the nominee by the State Security Service, SSS.

The President’s insistence on Mr. Magu followed Investigations that involved Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami and the Itse Sagay-led presidential advisory council on anti-corruption, presidency sources told PREMIUM TIMES.

The investigations absolved Mr. Magu of any wrongdoing and afterwards he was recommended to be re-nominated by the president.

In his letter to the Senate, Mr. Buhari said investigations revealed that Mr. Magu was not guilty of allegations laid against him by the SSS, hence his re-nomination.


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  • musa aliyu

    Masu gudu su gudu!

  • Gary

    So Buhari has concluded that the DSS submitted a false and malicious report on Magu. So what happens to kinsman Lawal Daura as a result? He cannot remain in office if has committed such an egregious act.

    Both Magu and Daura cannot remain or serve in the same government going forward. Buhari must act or the Senate act for him.

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  • Otile

    Why then did they make Imam’s aide perjure himself? I am talking about Ita Enang, the man was about to reach for the holy book to swear before God that Imam did not reappointed his kinsman Magu. As late as yesterday rumor had it that Imam has finally rehabilitated Magu but Ita called a press conference saying that he was not aware of such because Buhari is a man of integrity. You don’t know what to believe again for Imam does one thing but his aides say another.

  • obiora

    This real Change in Nigeria therm. Demo.

  • duwdu

    Dear Premium Times, you did not initially exclusively report The President’s re-nomination of Mr Magu. Sahara Reporters exclusively carried the initial report earlier — at least one full day before yours was featured.

    Thanks for this follow-up, though.

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    • Sword of Damocles

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  • www.electionoffenders.ng

    This Government should immediately permit the public to view the formal accusations against Magu and the SGF and also make public Mr. Magu and the SGFs defense/response to the accusations.

    I’m a full supporter of Magu and i must commend him for his work at EFCC so far. Magu has performed MUCH better than his 2 immediate predecessors. Lets recognize and praise good efforts please.

    But i must say that there there is a verifiable pattern of persons close to the Government being let off the hook rather too easily in corruption matters. We have witnessed cases of questionable ‘ clearance’ and ‘not guilty’ verdicts resulting from investigations conducted by fellow kitchen cabinet members.

    I’m far from impressed by the Babashir Lawal’s (SGF) case MOST ESPECIALLY. What was his defense to the accusations of abuse of office? who independently assessed his submission for veracity? Who reviewed the conclusions of the investigative panel to confirm that its conclusions were in line with the law, good conscience and public interest? Rather, everything was done privately, away from public glare and in a hush-hush style. This is not encouraging and its very disappointing. This is not inspiring confidence of members of the public like me!

    Lets be frank . This Government is not transparent and honest in its anti-corruption fight.

    Its becoming largely a joke. I would be laughing if not because i’m fully aware of the damaging consequence of a FAKE AND INEFFECTUAL ANTI-CORRUPTION FIGHT!

  • donMe$$i

    What about the GRASS-CUTTER?

  • objective

    Yes!!! I am happy with this News. I knew all the while that the poor guy was a victim of corruption fighting back. Now Magu, I pray you are not stopped by some thieves in the senate that have cases to answer. Let us see what they have to say again.

    So, Magu! Magu!! Magu!!! How many times did I call you? If you don’t know, let me tell you that I called you three times. It is now one of two things, either you make history after your confirmation and be remembered by Nigerians for dealing the final blow that laid corruption to rest in Nigeria, or you choose to put your name in the book of the ignobles and men of dishonour forever. But I know you will not choose the later and write your name and that of your generation in GOLD. I pray that God will assist you in this assignment. No tribalism, no ethnicity, no cronyism, no bigoted acts or action and most importantly rather that be a dog (catch am) to any man, it is better you resign..

  • Psi Ciroma

    If the DSS can give False intelligence reports about a very high ranking member of the Government(EFCC) it means they cannot be trusted with any intel gathering whatsoever. All the cases in which they are involved need to be revisited.

    What a slimy situation. SOMEONE SHOULd RESIGN NOW