Chairman of the senate committee on the Judiciary, Senator David Umaru, has disclosed that the issue of Alhaji Ibrahim Magu’s confirmation as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has not been discussed at plenary.
Umaru made the claim in Minna on Monday, noting that “the issue of Magu was never voted on in plenary, so as far as I am concerned, Magu’s nomination was never rejected.”
He added, “If somebody says it was rejected, it was probably by mistake; me, I have not voted. The senate operates by rules, the rule is that this thing must be presented to us either by the committee or through direct interaction with the members in plenary; none of these has happened.”
“The issue of Magu was discussed only in the executive session of the senate. It was not an issue discussed at plenary so anything done in the executive session is not the same thing as that done in plenary, so as far as I am concerned the issue of Magu, the consideration of his nomination was never considered by the senate.”
According to the Senator who represents Niger East senatorial district, the matter had been referred to the presidency because of the conflicting reports from the DSS on the matter.
He added, “Now that they have that development from the DSS, the matter was referred back to the presidency so that they can clarify the matter after which the senate will now consider it.”