President Muhammadu Buhari has written the Senate to inform the lawmakers that the Acting Chairman of the Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, have been cleared of corruption charges following an investigation into allegations against them.
The president said this in a letter to the Senate re-nominating Magu as Chairman of the EFCC.
In the letter, which was read by Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday during plenary, Buhari said Magu and Lawal were cleared of corruption in a report by the Attorney General of the Federation.
Also in the letter, Buhari said: “Non-application of principles of fair-hearing to SGF Lawal means he has no choice than to absolve him of corrupt allegations.”
However, Senator Shehu Sani denies President Buhari’s allegations that SGF Lawal was not invited or given fair-hearing.
The senator from Kaduna said; “President Buhari’s government uses insecticide to fight corruption in public but uses deodorant to fight corruption in the Presidency!”
Senator Shehu further argued that 7 out of 9 senators signed his Committee’s interim report, not 3 as claimed by President Buhari’s letter, adding that “Buhari’s letter absolving SGF is full of falsehood”.
It would be recalled in December 2016, the senate had refused to confirm Mr. Magu as the substantive chairman of EFCC, citing a security report from the State Security Service, (SSS), as the rationale behind it.