Magu is terrorising us because we rejected him – Senator Francis Alimikhena

Francis Alimikhena, senator representing Edo north, has
accused Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of “terrorising”
senators because they rejected his nomination.

Alimikhena said this on the floor of the senate on
Tuesday while contributing to a debate where the senate
agreed to suspend the confirmation of resident electoral
commissioners (RECs) of the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC).

He expressed supported for the idea of not screening the
REC nominees sent by President Muhammadu Buhari
until the executive explained its reason for retaining
“When doing something, do it well. What if we refuse
one the nominees? That is the question the
distinguished senators are asking the executive,” he

“There is no need for us not to confirm one, and when he
goes back, they say, ‘you can continue to act’. So, if we
disqualify a candidate and the person continues to act,
why did they send the names here in the first
place? Let’s not act on these names until the explains
what happened to Magu.

“We disqualified Magu and he is still acting, and they
are bringing nominees to confirm… The EFCC chairman
that we disqualified in this chamber is behind all the
problems in the paper today. He is behind all manner of
allegations against us in the media. Magu is terrorising
us because we disqualified him.”

When told to react to the allegation of the senator,
Wilson Uwujaren, spokesman of the EFCC, said he had
nothing to say.

“Report what you heard in the senate,” he told TheCable
on telephone before ending the conversation abruptly.
On March 15, the senate rejected the nomination of
Magu for the second time in three months.

The upper legislative chamber had cited an indictment
on the anti-graft czar by the Department of State
Services (DSS).

The DSS had accused Magu of being unfit to head the

“Magu has failed integrity test and will constitute a
liability to the anti-corruption drive of the current
administration,” the agency had said in a report
submitted to the senate.

The presidency is yet to react publicly to the issue of
Magu’s rejection by the senate.

The lawmakers shifted the confirmation of 27 RECs by
two weeks based on the disagreement with the

Source: The Cable

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