The Senate on Thursday refused to accept the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The rejection followed a letter sent by the Department of State Security (DSS) which upheld an earlier letter that Magu failed the integrity test and was unfit for the office.
The DSS letter which was sent to the Senate on Wednesday stressed that Mr Magu would constitute “a liability to the anti-corruption fight of the present administration”.
Magu was appointed acting EFCC chairman in November 2015.
The Senate rejected Magu’s nomination on December 15, 2016 due to a negative report against him by the DSS.
The report from the premier security police showed that Mr. Magu had corruptly enriched himself, and was living far above his legitimate income.
However, President Buhari re-submitted Magu’s name to the Senate for confirmation as the substantive chairman of EFCC shortly before he left for United Kingdom on vacation in January.
In a letter re-submitting Magu’s name for screening and confirmation, Buhari stressed that anti-corruption war is at the heart of his administration’s quest to improve Nigeria’s fortune.
The President insisted that Magu was fit enough to be confirmed EFCC chairman not minding the DSS report.