The Director, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Prof. Ishaq Akintola has accused the senate of having something to hide by not confirming Ibrahim Magu as the authentic chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
MURIC in a statement issued on Saturday morning said ‘the rejection of Magu as the EFCC chairman has more than what the senate reads in the DSS’s letter to the senate’.
Magu, who appeared before the senate on Wednesday for the second time for confirmation of his appointment was rejected by the senate on the grounds of a controversial reports by the Departments of States Security Services, DSS accusing him of corruption.
The Muslim Rights Concern’s Director strongly condemned Senate’s action saying ‘‘It is victory for the monster called corruption. Senate has shown that it is not fighting corruption. On the contrary, it is fighting for corruption. By rejecting a firebrand anti-graft boss, our senators have sent out a wrong signal to the international community. But Senate has been too clever by half. It has exposed itself as an institution with skeleton in its cupboard’’.
According to Prof Ishaq “A statement credited to Senator Akpabio in which he allegedly said: Magu wants us to confirm him so he can use some of us for pepper soup’ lends credence to our hypothesis. Akpabio’s alleged utterance confirms our worst fears. This Senate will not confirm any EFCC boss who refuses to withdraw cases involving its members.
“This Senate will not confirm any anti-graft boss who is not ready to treat senators as sacred cows even if they are corrupt. We also entertain the fear that these senators will not allow any other EFCC boss to function effectively even if Magu is removed.
“Our suspicion has been confirmed by Senator Akpabio. Now we know why Senate rejected Magu. It is simply because our senators’ hands are not clean so they fear a no-nonsense anti-graft boss. Yet we know where Akpabio is coming from. He was invited twice by the EFCC last year after Leo Ekpeyong, an Abuja-based lawyer and activist, wrote a petition in which he accused Akpabio of looting a whooping sum of N108 billion belonging to the Akwa-Ibom State government.
“Apart from Senator Akpabio, eight other senators, including the Senate President, are facing corruption charges amounting to billions of naira. It is therefore paradoxical that a tainted Senate sits in judgement over the fate of the same man investigating not only its helmsman but also many of its members. What do you expect? Senate has not disappointed us. It has demonstrated its readiness to kill EFCC and any other anti-corruption agency that has the temerity to investigate its members.