It was not a case of once bitten twice shy for Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, as he, for the second time in three months, has been rejected by the Nigerian Senate, with Senator Dino Melaye expressing total dismay.
“My take is that the candidate (Ibrahim Magu) failed the interview with his inability to answer even to schedule duties,” the Senator said in a chat with TheNewsGuru.
TheNewsGuru reports in December, the Senate rejected Magu’s nomination based on a DSS report, which accused him of corruption and “gross violation of human rights”.
He was re-nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari and appeared before the Senate again yesterday, but he was once again rejected.
The forthright member of the 8th National Assembly, representing Kogi West in the Senate, said “Focus should be on his [Magu’s] ineptitude even more, than on the weighty security report” by the DSS, and stressed that Magu failed the interview/screening on many fronts.
TheNewsGuru reports Magu had said during the course of the interview at the Senate that himself and Melaye have been fighting corruption before Melaye became a Senator.
Magu fielded questions from the lawmakers and after answering them, he was rejected as the Senators voted against his confirmation.
Among questions Magu fielded are:
“What are the special powers of the EFCC under section 6 of the EFCC act?” Senate president Bukola Saraki asked.
“How will the EFCC under Magu fight corruption within the law?” Deputy Senate president Ike Ekweremadu asked. Ekweremadu also asked about the operations of the EFCC on disobeying court orders and cases of human rights abuse.
“What is the concept of financial crime as stipulated in the EFCC act?” Senator Isah Misau, who represents Bauchi Central district asked. “Is it body language of the Nigerian President that EFCC uses to fight corruption since people close to the President are not probed?” He asked again. He also asked why the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria who released money to Dasuki is not being investigated by the EFCC.
Dasuki took money illegally and not a single person from the CBN has been investigated or prosecuted so far. Senator Misau queried.
“How much funds have been recovered since you took charge of the commission?” Senator Duro Faseyi representing Ekiti North Senatorial district asked.
“You need to expatiate on your activities on human rights, what are your findings and activities on the Paris Club fund?” Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna Central asked.
Senator Atai Aidoko asked about the operational procedure in detaining suspects on investigation.
“Can you say that anybody you’re prosecuting will take you serious, why prosecute people on the newspaper before it gets to court?” Senator Biodun Olujimi who represents Ekiti south senatorial district asked.
“He seemed to have come grossly unprepared for a job interview and failed,” Senator Melaye said in disappointment, after Magu failed to satisfy the question-thirst of the Senate.
“From my own personal perspective and as a well trained and travelled Nigerian, to come for a job screening/interview and can’t give any clear statistics on how much has been recovered and expected to be recovered is an assault on our intelligence,” Senator Melaye further stated.
“We must begin to become a meritorious society where competence will become our core values,” he added.