JUST IN: Senate suspends confirmation of Magu as EFCC Chairman

The Senate has failed to hold the confirmation hearing earlier scheduled to consider the request of President Muhammadu Buhari that Ibrahim Magu be confirmed as chairman of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.


The deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, had announced at plenary on Wednesday that the confirmation hearing would hold Thursday, after five months of delay.


But the Senate did not list the confirmation in the Order Paper for Thursday eventually.


Officials of the EFCC led by the acting Chairman, Mr. Wagu, were at the Senate this morning, awaiting to be called for the hearing.


The Presidency had sought the Senate’s request since July through a letter signed by Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo in his capacity as the acting president when Mr. Buhari was away on a medical trip.


However, since the letter was read by the Senate Presiden, Bukola Saraki, on July 14, the Senate had not shown readiness to treat the request, fueling allegations that some Senators were trying to block Mr. Magu’s confirmation.

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