Senate gives three conditions for Magu’s confirmation

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Senators have reportedly outlined three conditions for Ibrahim Magu to be confirmed as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

A source told The Nation that the conditions include:

•a report from President Muhammadu Buhari containing a fact-sheet on how he arrived at his decision to re-present Magu;

•withdrawal of security reports on Magu, which were presented to the Senate about six weeks ago by the Department of State Services (DSS); and

•satisfactory performance by Magu before the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes, which has been mandated to screen him. Magu must clear himself of all allegations before the committee.

It is understood that all the three conditions were agreed on by some Senators, at a meeting last night.

The Presidency is believed to be lobbying Senators in a bid to get Magu the job.

Magu's re-nomination is also believed to have put pressure on the APC Caucus, which has about 63 of the 109 Senators.

"I must admit that Magu's confirmation is still an issue among us. We have some senators for and against," a Senator, who spoke in confidence said.

"At the Executive Session, we had a disagreement on whether or not the Senate President should read the President's letter of renomination of Magu or not.

"After a bit of argument, the leadership accepted the wish of the majority to read it. We are now faced with the confirmation process."

Another Senator said: "Once the President sends a comprehensive report on how Magu was cleared of all the allegations against him, we will not waste time in confirming him as the fourth EFCC chairman.

"In fact, if we get a brief from the President superseding the DSS report, we will confirm Magu. Our concern is that all these allegations have to be cleared for posterity."

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