Senate has been vindicated on Magu –Spokesman

Spokesman of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi, yesterday, said that the leaked report of the Department of State Services (DSS) sent to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, on the integrity of Mr. Ibrahim Magu, had vindicated the rejection of his nomination by the Senate as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In a statement he signed in Abuja, Sabi said, “following several calls made to me today by journalists seeking my comments on the leak report on Mr. Ibrahim Magu which was more damning than the one submitted to us, I can only say that myself and my colleagues have been vindicated.

“From that report which is now public, it is obvious the DG SSS even tried to give Magu soft landing in the report that was sent to the Senate. The recent report is messier and shows that our decision not to confirm his nomination was right.

“We therefore call on all Nigerians to continue to have full confidence and trust on the Nigerian Senate as it discharges its responsibilities according to the letter and spirit of the Nigerian constitution”, he stated.

There were media reports yesterday that a memo from the Director –General of the DSS to the Attorney General of the Federation made more damning revelations on Magu than the one submitted to the Senate, upon which his nomination was rejected by the apex chamber.

In the Memo which was signed by one Folashade Bello on behalf of the DG, DSS, Magu was indicted for leaking some sensitive state documents to an individual currently undergoing prosecution by his agency.

The DSS said in the memo that it was convinced that for Magu who narrowly escaped dismissal from the Police Force six years ago to be neck deep in corruption and unprofessional conduct is a proof of his preference for personal gains over national interest.

Part of the report read, “an officer appointed as Acting Chairman of EFCC should by all means be one of impeccable credentials with proven integrity and capacity to lead the nation’s fight against graft in high and low places. Thus far, it is evident from Magu’s antecedence that he is by no means that kind of officer.

“His relationship with Umar Mohammed which involved disclosure of very sensitive and classified documents in his possession shows lack of professionalism and has soiled his integrity.

More so, for an officer who was indicted and nearly dismissed 6 years ago, to again be involved in similar circumstances, it is clear that Magu is a perennial offender and cannot change. “Also worthy is the fact that Magu exhibited a total lack of judgment where it matters most.

He accepted to move into a tastily furnished accommodation without any scrutiny of how it was furnished, this is curious and speak volumes of his personality”.

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