The Presidential Committee Against Corruption (PCAC) has written to President Muhammadu Buhari urging him to forward Mr Ibrahim Magu’s nomination as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to the Nigerian Senate for the second time.
Magu Will Remain EFCC Chairman - Presidential Committee On Corruption Insists
The committee headed by seasoned lawyer, Professor Itse Sagay, in an advisory to the president claimed the senate’s rejection of Magu’s nomination was done in bad faith.
According to The Nation, members of the presidential panel have said they were not surprised by the Senate’s action because about 10-15 per cent of the senators were being investigated by the EFCC.
A source within the committee is quoted to have said: “PCAC has sent an advisory to the Presidency on the DSS report, the implications of the decision of the Senate and the need to renominate Magu.
“In the advisory, PCAC has contrary opinions on the report of the DSS. It made it clear that the allegations against Magu by the DSS were ‘very weak and very spurious’. There is no substance in the allegations that can withstand a legal test.
“Members of PCAC saw the conspiracy against Magu coming because some people have been desperate to frustrate the anti-corruption agenda of the government.”
Concerning the fate of the EFCC chairman following the Senate rejection of his nomination, the PCAC source said Magu would remain in office nonetheless.
The source noted that the “senate’s decision does not amount to automatic vacation of the office.”
He added, “In fact, he can serve in acting capacity for up to three years and the President will not be committing any infractions.”
Should the president send Magu’s name back to the Senate for confirmation, the lawmakers are at liberty to refuse his confirmation. He may however remain acting chairman for the duration which a substantive chairman can occupy the seat.