As the Senate resumed its plenary session at the National Assembly on Tuesday morning, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has read a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari asking the senate to reconsider its decision to reject the appointment of Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
It was gathered that just after a closed-session that lasted about 80 minutes, Saraki read the letter which was sent to the upper legislative chamber by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday evening.
Recall that on December 15, 2016, the senate rejected the appointment of Magu as EFCC chairman, citing a security report from the department of state services (DSS). Magu was accused of living in a house paid for by a “corrupt” businessman.
He was also accused of extorting money through a proxy from suspects.
Following this, the president directed Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, to investigate the allegations, and Malami submitted his report at the end of the assignment.
As at the time of filing this report, the details of the investigation were not revealed in the president’s latest letter which was read on the floor of the senate this morning.
It was also learnt that the president did not say why the rejection of Magu’s appointment should be reconsidered in view of the allegations.