- Senators are angry that the presidency continues to ignore their open rejection of Ibrahim Magu for the EFCC’s job
- The lawmakers are reportedly considering a resolution asking Nigerians invited by the commission over graft-related issues to ignore such summons
- But reliable sources in EFCC say the planned resolution might be an indirect way of enabling some powerful legislators under investigation by the anti-corruption agency to evade invitation
The Nigerian Senate is reportedly planning to compel the presidency to remove the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, from his post, following the refusal of the executive to substitute the acting chairman after he was rejected twice by lawmakers.
A source privy to the plan to forcefully remove Magu told Vanguard on Tuesday night, June 20, that senators were angered that the presidency had continued to ignore their open rejection of Magu for the EFCC’s job.
The source who pleaded anonymity, said the lawmakers were determined to prove to the presidency that they could not be taken for granted by considering a resolution asking Nigerians invited by the commission over graft-related issues to ignore such summons.
The source noted that the resolution was one of other measures being considered by the Senate to compel the presidency to substitute Magu with another nominee that would be acceptable to the lawmakers.
But reliable sources in EFCC have said the planned resolution might be an indirect way to enable some powerful legislators under investigation for alleged graft to evade invitation from the anti-corruption agency.
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Meanwhile, Ibrahim Magu has said looters might be fueling the agitations for secession in some parts of the country.
Magu made the statement on Tuesday, June 20, when speaking with the national council for arts and culture director-general, Otunba Segun Runsewe.
The EFCC boss appealed to Nigerians to stop celebrating those with questionable wealth, noting that corruption was a threat to the unity of Nigeria, The Nation reports.
Magu alleged that looters were supporting separatist agitations in the country and funding the agitators in order to sabotage the country so that they could enjoy their ill-gotten wealth.
In the video below, the EFCC organised a march tagged ‘walk against corruption’ in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.