– Spokesperson says the Senate has been vindicated by leaked SSS report;
– The report links Magu to Mohammed Umar who is on trial for money laundering and illicit possession of firearms;
– Aliyu Abdullahi calls on Nigerians to continue to have full confidence on the Senate as they discharge their duties.
Nigerian Senate spokesperson, Aliyu Abdullahi, in a statement over the weekend, has said the Nigerian Senate had been vindicated on its repeated rejection of Mr. Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by the leaked report of the State Security Service to the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.
The SSS report which was a response to Mr. Malami’s request that the security agency back its earlier allegations of integrity deficiency against Mr. Magu with documented evidence included 12 documents including 11 that tried to link Mr. Magu with Mohammed Umar, a retired air commodore on trial for money laundering and illicit possession of firearms, and one on how he (Magu) was “severely reprimanded” by the police after official documents of the EFCC were found in his private residence.
“Following several calls made to me today by journalists seeking my comments on the leaked report on Mr. Ibrahim Magu which was more damning than the one submitted to us, I can only say that myself and my colleagues have been vindicated,” Mr. Abdullahi said.
“From that report which is now public, it is obvious the DG SSS even tried to give Magu soft landing in the report that was sent to the Senate. The recent report is messier and shows that our decision not to confirm his nomination was right.
“We therefore call on all Nigerians to continue to have full confidence and trust on the Nigerian Senate as it discharges its responsibilities according to the letter and spirit of the Nigerian constitution.” the Senate spokesperson said.
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