Magu: ‘Senate, DSS, Presidency have things to hide’

Three civil society groups have called on the Senate to make public the security report it depended upon to reject the appointment of Ibrahim Magu to head the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, nearly a year into his appointment.

They also want the Department of State Security to confirm it was the source of the report and the Presidency to state its position on Senate’s rejection of Magu “so that Nigerians can have a clear picture and draw their own conclusions as public support is crucial to a successful fight against corruption.”

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Transparency International-Nigeria (TI) and Zero-corruption Coalition (ZCC) said in a statement that Senate reading a DSS report on Magu in a closed session and applying it to
reject the head of Nigeria’s anti corruption agency in a time of fighting graft was curious.

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“We find the Senate’s reliance of a Security Report from the Department of State Services (DSS) as a reason for the rejection of the President’s appointee very curious,” the groups said in a statement signed by CISLAC executive director Auwal Musa.

“The position of the EFCC chair is a very sensitive one and its occupant must be held to the highest levels of integrity and credibility,” they continued.

“A situation where individuals and groups hide under clandestine and unverified documents and reports to take decisions that could undermine the integrity of individuals and institutions at the forefront of the anti-corruption efforts will be a disservice to the nation and must not be allowed to stand.”

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