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23 Jul

Magu goes after 23 Senators for scuttling his appointment

Ibrahim Magu, Rejected nominee for EFCC Chairmanship

Ibrahim Magu, Rejected nominee for EFCC Chairmanship

The former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, nurses a secret plan of arresting 23 senators for interrogation in one week.

Magu whose appointment as the Chairman of the commission was on Wednesday rejected by the Senate has continued to act as the commission’s Chairman.

Recall that the Senate on Wednesday rejected his appointment citing a report from the Department of State Security which described him (Magu) as corrupt and a liability for the anti-graft drive of the present administration.

The report which struck the heaviest blow alleged among other things, that the nominee occupied a N40 million house rented by an individual being investigated by the commission.

The President of the Senate Dr. Bukola Saraki who presided over plenary on Wednesday had said that with the rejection of Magu by the Senate, he automatically ceases to be the Chairman of the commission.

Granting an interview after the confirmation hearing, Magu who could not proffer answers to many of the questions posed told newsmen that he remained the Chairman of the anti-graft agency.

However, in a swift “retaliatory” response, Mr Magu has concluded plans to arrest 23 senators for interrogation within the next one week.

A source close to the Commission told our correspondent that the said Magu intends to begins his retaliatory moves from Friday.

Some of the Senators on the list of the ‘illegally’ acting Boss of the EFCC includes: The president of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Deputy President, Ike Ekweremadu.

Other senators on the list include: Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio, Stella Oduah, Ben Bruce, Dino Melaye, Abiodun Olujimi, Shehu Sani, Joshua Dariye and Danjuma Goje.

From the list available to our correspondent, is appears the commission targets those who contributed to the questions during the hearing that led to his rejection.

Meanwhile, as at the time of filing this report, the Presidency is yet to officially respond to the rejection of the nomination for the Chairman of the Commission.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said that the Presidency could only react when it got an official letter from the senate on the rejection of Magu.

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