Senator Dino Melaye has been accused of bribing his colleagues in the Red Chambers to reject the confirmation of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
According to Sahara Reporters, Melaye and Senator Phillip Aduda, the Senate minority leader, took it upon themselves to dole out money so the acting EFCC boss' appointment will not be confirmed.
Senators on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, unanimously rejected the confirmation of the appointment of the acting EFCC chairman.
The action of the lawmakers however drew criticisms from different quarters, with many saying the government is playing games with Magu.
Reacting to Magu's rejection by the Senate, the co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaign, Oby Ezekwesili also said that Buhari’s administration has made a mockery of its fight against corruption.
Magu’s confirmation was rejected following a report by the Department of State Services (DSS) indicting him of corruption.
Some political observers have also asked if the President was not briefed of the DSS report before he re-submitted his name to the Senate for confirmation.
Meanwhile, Magu has said his rejection by the Senate and the DSSreport will not stop him from fighting corruption headlong.
According to Senator Shehu Sani, Magu's rejection by the Senate is the result of a civil war in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.
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