Finally, Saraki Reads Buhari's Letter Seeking Confirmation of Magu as EFCC Chair

July 14, 2016, 5:08 pm


Nearly a month after the President Muhammadu Buhari's letter seeking the confirmation of the appointment of Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was delivered to the Office of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Thursday read the letter on the floor of the Senate.

The letter, which was sent to the Senate on June 22, was signed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The letter also sought Senate confirmation for four other persons as members of the commission. They are Nasule Moses, Lawan Maman, Garandaji Imam Naji and Adeleke Abebayo Rafiu.

The letter read: "The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Act of 2004 established the commission and makes it responsible among other things for the coordination and enforcement of all Economic and Financial Crime Laws and Enforcement functions conferred on any person or authority.

Section 2 (1) of the Act also provides that the Commission shall consists of a Chairman who shall be the chief executive and accounting officer of the commission; be a serving or retired member of any government security or law enforcement agency not below the rank of assistant commissioner of police or equivalent; possess not less than 15 years cognate experience apart from other ex-officio members of the commission provided for in section 2.

"The Act also provides for four eminent Nigerians with any cognate experience of the following that is finance, banking, law and accounting. Section 2 (3) further provides that chairman and members of his commission other than ex-officio members shall be appointed by the president and the appointment shall be subject to confirmation of the Senate.

"Section 3 of the Act provides that the chairman and members of the commission other than the ex-officio members shall hold office for a period of four years and maybe reappointed for further term of four years and no more.

In view of the following, I hereby draw your excellency's attention to the vacancy that existed in the EFCC.

"Having carefully considered eminently suitable qualified Nigerians for the vacant position. I am pleased to inform you of the appointment of the following and to propose them for confirmation of the Senate as provided by the EFCC Act: Magu Ibrahim Mustapha, ACP (Chairman); Nasule Moses (member); Lawan Maman (member); Garandaji Imam Naji (member); Adeleke Abebayo Rafiu (member). 

"The curriculum vitae of the appointees are attached for the information of the distinguished senators. I hope the screening will as usual be carried out expeditiously by the distinguished Senate. Please accept the assurances of my highest regards."

Buhari had on November 9, 2015, removed former Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, and replaced him with Magu in acting capacity.

Magu, who is an Assistant Commissioner of Police, was until his appointment, a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption and a former Head of the Economic Governance Unit (EGU) of the anti-graft agency.

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