The Senate on Thursday considered the nomination of Mr. Ibrahim Magu for the chairmanship of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after many delays.
And instead of confirming his appointment as widely expected, the upper legislative chamber turned down the nomination.
Ibrahim had been nominated for the job by President Muhammadu Buhari since July this year, but the Senate delayed the screening till Thursday.
There was serious tension in the chamber as Senate Leader Ali Ndume and Senator Dino Melaye from Kogi State almost came to blows over the matter of Magu’s confirmation.
In refusing to confirm Magu as EFCC Chairman, the upper legislative chamber cited security report.
Senate’s spokesperson, Aliyu Abdullahi, revealed the rejection of Magu by senators on Thursday afternoon after the lawmakers had spent over one hour behind closed doors discussing the confirmation.
“The Senate wishes to inform the public that based on available security report, the Senate cannot proceed with confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
“The nomination of Ibrahim Magu is hereby rejected and has been returned to the President for further action,” Senator Abdullahi said.