By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA—A coalition of Civil Society Groups CSOs in the country has urged the Senate to expedite action to confirm Mr Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The groups, in a communique issued yesterday in Abuja, noted that prior to the process leading to the confirmation of Magu as chairman of the commission, the National Assembly went on recess.
The communiqué was signed by Debo Adeniran of the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, Lanre Suraju of the Civil Society Network Against Corruption, CSNAC, Adetokunbo Mumuni of the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP.
Others are David Ugolor of the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ, Okey Nwanguma of the Network on Police Reform in Nigeria, NOPRIN, Faith Nwadishi of Publish What You Pay, PWYP, Nigeria and Oluajo Babatunde of the Centre for Transparency Advocacy, CTA.
They lamented that the Senate had, since reconvening, screened and confirmed justices of the Supreme Court and Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, forwarded to it long after the submission of Mr. Magu’s name for confirmation as EFCC’s chairman by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“This delay by the Senate sends a wrong signal of deliberate attempt by it to frustrate the anti-corruption fight or at best, exert political pressure on the EFCC and force it into some compromise with the Senate,” the groups stated.