EFCC, Security Agencies Cannot Stop Us–Saraki

By Ikenga Chronicles June 8, 2017

EFCC, Security Agencies Cannot Stop Us–Saraki

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has  said  that the non-confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as the substantive Chairman of the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC)  and the action of the custom boss, Ali Hameed cannot stop the Senate from discharging its constitutional responsibility.

The Senate President who made this disclosure during an exclusive interview with LEADERSHIP Newspaper said that the National Assembly is committed to the development of Nigeria while urging the members not to misinterpret the Senate’s action.

Recall that Magu, who is currently acting chairman of EFCC had appeared for confirmation twice before the Senate but was turned down on the two occasions.

The public which consider Magu a tough and thorough professional see the lawmakers’ action as an attempt to cover up for some alleged corrupt members of the Senate.

In reaction, Saraki stated that the lawmakers merely acted within their constitutional power, adding that it was a security report that nailed Magu.

“We need to stop this issue of blackmail. You must follow due process. Was it Senate that wrote his report? The security report they gave Magu, was it manufactured by the Senate? The screening of Magu was live, we didn’t do it in the dark room at night. Everybody saw the performance.

“And lastly, they say because some senators have cases with the EFCC. Yes, some senators have cases with the EFCC but these cases were made public even before Magu became the chairman of the EFCC. So, is it Magu that made your case with EFCC? Why will everybody hold that against Magu?

“I think that is propaganda. Most of these things should be based on facts. And I think we need to separate facts from things that are not true. So, my own view is that those views will change because at the end of the day the views are not based on facts. I have given you fact. And the fact is; what is the responsibility of the Senate based on the constitution? We are to make laws!”

Saraki also spoke about the issue of Hameed Ali saying insistence of the Senate that he should appear before it in uniform to clear some issues bothering on his office was also in public interest.

“When we talked about Customs, we were talking about something in the interest of Nigerians, but some people now take to blackmail and propaganda and now say it had something to do with car duty. At the end of the day, when the facts came out you could not hear anything anymore”, he said.

The Senate president also assured Nigerians of quick assent to the 2017 budget recently passed by the National Assembly. Noting that the lawmakers have completed their statutory responsibility as far as 2017 budget was concerned, he said,

“Well, you know I am not the executive, this question should go to the executive. All I can reassure Nigerians is that I am sure it will be signed very soon. I’m not sure of the number of days but I am sure”.