Buhari  Allegedly  Rejects Ribadu, AIG Amodu, Hammed Ali As New EFCC Chairman

By Ikenga Chronicles December 19, 2016

President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected  the alleged nomination of retired Commissioner of Police Zakari Biu, Comptroller-General of Customs Col. Hamid Ali, retired AIG Amodu Ali and pioneer EFCC chairman Nuhu Ribadu, among others as the EFCC boss.

Recall that frantic efforts were made over the weekend by Buhari’s handlers  and lobbyists to nominate any of Ribadu, Amodu, Hammed Ali among others for the immediate replacement of the embattled EFCC’s boss whom the senate refused his confirmation last week Thursday based on security report.

The Nation newspaper reports that sources revealed that Buhari has shunned them all, preferring to decide who occupies the seat.

“The President demanded for more cogent reasons on why he should sack Magu. He said they should bring more convincing reasons beyond the DSS report” the source said.

Amidst it all, the Presidential Committee Against Corruption(PCAC) has advised the Presidency to keep Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu.

The committee, which is headed by revered legal expert Prof. Itse Sagay, has faulted the report of the Department of State Services(DSS) upon which Magu was rejected.

A source said: “PCAC has sent an advisory to the Presidency on the DSS report, the implications of the decision of the Senate and the need to r-enominate Magu.”

“In the advisory, PCAC has contrary opinions on the report of the DSS. It made it clear that the allegations against Magu by the DSS were ‘very weak and very spurious’. There is no substance in the allegations that can withstand a legal test.”

“Members of PCAC saw the conspiracy against Magu coming because some people have been desperate to frustrate the anti-corruption agenda of the government.”

Another source added: “PCAC believes that the decision of the Senate was political because about 10-15 % the of 109 senators are under investigation or trial by EFCC. There was no way these senators will want Magu confirmed.

“The list of these senators is available with the EFCC. Some of them are already on trial to the knowledge of the public.”

“We have written formally to the government on the politics which beclouded the rejection of Magu by the Senate. Some fifth columnists  are at work. They want the anti-corruption campaign to fail. We feel that Magu’s name should be re-submitted with unambiguous security clearance.”

“We also expect the Presidency to come up with a position on Magu this week. So far, Buhari has a wide range of opinions to choose from.”

On Magu’s fate, the source said he would remain in office as acting chairman of EFCC “because Senate’s decision does not amount to automatic vacation of the office”.

“In fact, he can serve in acting capacity for up to three years and the President will not be committing any infractions” the source said.

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