The Senate President Bukola Saraki has reacted to reports making the round that the Senate rejected the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, because of a damning report issued by the Department of State Services (DSS), which questioned Magu’s integrity.
While speaking with TVC News in Morocco, where he attended an African summit on climate change and food security, the senate president said the Senate did not reject Magu based on the report from the DSS.
He said: “You are jumping into conclusion that he (Magu) was rejected because of the accusation. I don’t think there was anywhere we said he was rejected based on accusations.
“We have nominees that come all the time with different issues. Two weeks ago, we screened the Chief Justice of Nigeria and he scaled through.
“Now the EFCC chairman came and he did not pass the screening. Someone else will come and may pass. This is our constitutional role and I don’t think we should personalise or politicise this.”
Saraki’s reaction is coming on the back of a claim by a former Senate Majority Leader, Ali Ndume, who said that it was hypocritical of the Senate to allow Saraki to continue in office because he was in court to defend corruption allegations.
Last week, Ndume had argued that the Senate should not have rejected Magu based on unproven allegations.