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No Show: Senate Moves Magu’s Confirmation Session To December 15

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BEVERLY HILLS, December 08, (THEWILL) – The screening and confirmation of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, was on Thursday , rescheduled to December 15 by the Senate.

The Deputy Leader of the Senate, Bala N'allah, made this known while addressing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja saying the postponement of the exercise from Dec. 8 to Dec. 15 became necessary to allow for a full house to convene.

According to him, lawmakers who travelled out of Abuja for official assignments requested the postponement pending their arrival to enable them to participate in the confirmation process.

“The Senate is normally guided by the time frame of the work. We agreed that today will be the confirmation of the EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu,” he said.

“But we received a lot of calls from senators who are away, who want to participate.

“When we looked at the demand and the number we felt it will be wrong for us to proceed, disregarding those calls.

“We decided to fix it for Tuesday but we were not sure if the President will declare Tuesday as Public Holiday, so we agreed to fix it for Thursday .

“We have since written an official letter to the acting chairman fixing Thursday as the day for the confirmation hearing of his appointment.

On why Magu's confirmation had lingered for more than five months, NAN reports that N'allah said the senate had other matters of priority to attend to.

“Anybody who is familiar with the normal procedure of governance would have known that there are certain procedures that need to be taken for candidates to be confirmed.

“Whatever we do is always subject to interpretation but what is important is that a date has been fixed,” he said.

THEWILL recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari had appointed Magu as acting chairman of the EFCC after the removal of Ibrahim Lamorde on Nov. 9, 2015.

Before his appointment, Magu was the Head of Economic Governance Unit of the commission.

If confirmed, Magu will be the fourth head of the anti-graft agency, after Nuhu Ribadu, Farida Waziri and Ibrahim Lamorde.

Story by Oputah David