By Olakunle Adeniyi
After the rejection of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu by the Senate, the lawmakers has requested a new nomination on Wednesday.
The Senate also said Mr Magu’s capacity in Acting Chairman of EFCC has ended. This was based on report from Department of State Services about him.
But Magu has denied ever been invited by the DSS for interrogation, saying the legislators should disregard such report.
After all questions had been asked, President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, who presided over the plenary, asked the Clerk to the Senate to confirm how many letters were received from the DSS.
He said, “Only one letter was received in my office on the 3rd of October, 2016, from the Department of State Services. Only one letter was received. The one of yesterday (Tuesday) was actually sent because a request was made again after the renomination. The one of yesterday, dated 14th March, 2017, was to reaffirm the content of the earlier letter.”
There were reports that the DSS issued two conflicting reports on Magu; one was addressed to the Clerk of the Senate, while the other was sent through the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, who had refused to comment on the second letter when he was asked by journalists.
The Senate President, thereafter, put Magu’s nomination to voice vote and the nays had it.
Angered by the rejection, former Majority Leader of the Senate, Senator Ali Ndume, raised a point of order, in which he accused the Senate of double standard.
He said, “Yesterday, we got a letter from Nigeria Customs Service, signed by an Assistant Comptroller General (and sent) to the Clerk. We said that was not the right thing to do.
“This letter or report should have been written and signed by the Director-General of the DSS. By the wish of God and nature of democracy, the majority will have their way and the minority will have their say. All I am saying is that there are two letters here.”