There is strong indication that the Presidency had concluded arrangement to replace the embattled acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, dailynigerian.com is reporting.
On March 15, The Senate rejected Mr Magu’s nomination as the substantive chairman of the commission for the second time, relying on a security report by the State Security Service, SSS, that he lacked integrity to lead the country’s anti-corruption agency.
Mr Magu has been working in acting capacity since his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 10, 2015.
But sources familiar with the latest decision told DAILY NIGERIAN that a deputy Commissioner of police in charge of operations at Police College, Kaduna, Ahmed Abdulrahman, may become the new chairman of the commission.
Mr Abdulrahman, who was touted last year by some influential Presidency officials to replace Mr Magu, served as deputy director in charge of operations when Farida Waziri was chairperson of the commission.
A source who preferred not to be named said the Senators renewed their call for Mr Magu’s removal at a time when the 2018 budget proposal was before them, so that the Presidency will succumb to their pressure.
“The Senate has put the presidency in a tight corner over Magu. Now that the senators have vowed not to pass the EFCC budget, it has become impossible for the commission to function.
“There are also other requests the Presidency wanted to be included in the budget but the senators use Magu issue as their bargaining chip.
“So the Presidency has no option but to accede to their demands.
“Barring last minute change, DCP Abdulrahman’s name will be forwarded to the Senate for confirmation,” said a source at the Presidency.
On Thursday, chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Petitions, Ethics and Privileges, Samuel Anyanwu told journalists that the Senate no longer regards Mr Magu as acting chairman of the EFCC.
“The 2018 budget is here, we will use it as instrument against EFCC for defying Senate resolution on Ibrahim Magu,” Mr Anyanwu said.