The Senate on Thursday rejected the nomination of Mr Ibrahim Magu as Substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) six months after his name was sent for confirmation.
The Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Sen. Sabi Abdullahi, made this known while briefing newsmen in Abuja.
He said the rejection of Magu’s nomination of was based on security reports available to the senate.
According to Abdullahi, President Muhammadu Buhari will be communicated accordingly.
“The Senate wishes to inform the general public that based on security reports available to the senate, it cannot proceed and confirm the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as the Executive Chairman of EFCC.
“Accordingly, the Senate hereby rejects the said nomination and has returned the said nomination to Mr President for further action,’’ he said.
Sen. Abdullahi declined information on the screening of other members of the commission sent for confirmation. None of them was confirmed at plenary.
The Senate at the resumption of plenary on Thursday went into a two hour executive session with Magu but the meeting ended in a deadlock.
The Presidency had in July this year written the Senate, seeking the screening and confirmation of Magu as Substantive Chairman of EFCC.
Buhari appointed Magu as acting chairman of the EFCC after the removal of Mr Ibrahim Lamorde on Nov. 9, 2015.
Before his appointment as the acting EFCC chairman, Magu was the Head of Economic Governance Unit of the commission.