Melaye, Aduda accused of frustrating Magu’s confirmation


The rejection of Ibrahim Magu by the Nigerian Senate is still a trending topic in Nigeria

The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was rejected for the second time by the Nigerian Senate

Fingers are now pointing in the direction of some senators who allegedly frustrated Magu’s nomination

A report by Sahara Reporters claims that EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu might have been a victim of power play backed by acts of corruption.

In a tweet on Friday, March 17, the US-based online newspaper claimed that Senators Dino Melaye and Phillip Aduda coordinated the collection and sharing of bribes among senators to frustrate Magu’s confirmation.

Melaye represents Kogi west senatorial district and Aduda is the senator representing the Federal Capital Territory and the Senate minority leader.

It is not clear how Sahara Reporters got the information, and cannot independently verify the report.

Senator Melaye and the medium have been having a running battle for a while, with the senator telling that the US-based online newspaper is obsessed with him.

The Senate had rejected Magu’s nomination by the president a second time through a voice vote, citing a report by the Department of State Security (DSS), which indicted the EFCC boss.

Meanwhile, human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has chided the Nigerian Senate for rejecting Magu for the second time.

According to Falana, the red chamber by its action, ridiculed the office of President Buhari.

In a related development, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina has said President Buhari would duly respond to Magu’s rejection when the Senate sends him an official letter.


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