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Ribadu, Ali tipped to replace Magu as EFCC boss

Ribadu, Ali tipped to replace Magu as EFCC boss

- The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu may be replaced

- Three names have popped up as his possible replacements

- Former EFCC boss, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu is one of those on the list

A report by The Nation indicates that the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu may be replaced.

The Nigerian Senate on Thursday, December 15 refused to confirm Magu as chairman of the EFCC

This has prompted the presidency to start looking for other options as Magu may eventually lose his job.

READ ALSO: He failed integrity test, DSS opens up on Magu’s security report

According to the report, there are three likely replacements for Magu. They are:

1. Former EFCC boss, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu

2. The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Colonel Hamid Ali (rtd) and

3. A retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Amodu Ali

Ribadu is the first ever chairman of the anti-graft agency but was forced out by the then government of Late President Umaru Yar'adua.

Colonel Ali is a trusted ally of President Muhammadu Buhari and he is known for his hard stance against corruption.

Retired AIG Amodu Ali is famous for investigating the $180million Halliburton bribery scandal which indicted many prominent public officials in Nigeria.

More names might also be propped up in the next few days according to the report.

Meanwhile, Transparency International- Nigeria and some civil society groups yesterday, December 16, protested non-confirmation of Magu by the Senate.

The groups described the security report upon which the Senate based its decision on Magu as “curious.”

Part of the statement by the groups said: “The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Transparency International-Nigeria (TI) and Zero-corruption Coalition (ZCC) express concern at the circumstances surrounding the non-confirmation by the Nigerian Senate of Ibrahim Magu as the chairman of Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), upon his appointment by the president.

“We find it worrisome that the confirmation of the head of such a strategic anti-corruption agency is taking such a long time, having been first appointed in November 2015, and worse still at a time when the nation is reinvigorating the fight against corruption.

“CISLAC, TI- Nigeria and ZCC wonder if there is more to the unfolding events than meets the eye.

“We are further alarmed at the circumstances preceding the last session in which the Upper Chamber failed to confirm the appointee.

“The fact that the session was preceded by a rowdy sitting and the Senators resorted to a closed door session further highlights the lack of transparency in the confirmation process.

“We find the Senate’s reliance on a security report from the Department of State Services (DSS) as a reason for the rejection of the President’s appointee very curious.”

READ ALSO: Despite Senate rejection, Magu moves to seal deal with SEC (photos)

In a related development, the Nigerian Senate has said it might reconsider its decision to confirm Magu as the chairman of the EFCC.

The upper chamber said the explanations provided by President Muhammadu Buhari, who had nominated Magu, would determine if the nominee would be considered or not.

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