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Senate Disowns Ali Ndume’s Statement on two DSS Reports on Ibrahim Magu

by on December 21, 2016
 
The Senate has de­bunked claims by the Senate Leader, Mohammed Ali Ndume, that it received two secu­rity reports from the De­partment of State Services (DSS) on the confirmation of Mr. Ibrahim Magu as the substantive Executive Chair­man of the Economic and Fi­nancial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Ndume had, during a vis­it to President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, told State House Correspondents that the Senate received two conflicting reports from the DSS on the confirmation of Magu reports from the DSS.
According to him, the Sen­ate rejected Magu’s confirma­tion as the substantive Exec­utive Chairman of the EFCC based on the sole security re­port sent to its leadership by the DSS and that was the offi­cial stand of the upper cham­ber.
He said: “I am here based on a series of calls and text messages from you about what you said are conflicting mes­sages. It has become critical for the Senate to clarify issues. The 8th Senate believes in its integ­rity. We uphold and promote the rule of law which is the ba­sic thing about our democracy.
“I would like to make the following clarifications: I’m holding the votes and pro­ceeding of Thursday’s plena­ry. We had two votes and pro­ceeding because we had to go into a joint session to receive President Buhari.
“Our votes and proceed­ings are the official records of what transpired in the cham­ber. I briefed you on Thursday to the effect that the Senate is announcing that in view of se­curity reports we were unable to confirm Magu. We then re­jected and returned the nom­ination to Buhari for further action”.
Abdullahi continued: “Me­dia reports emerging espe­cially from interviews grant­ed by Senator Ndume meant we have to clarify issues. For the records, I am the official spokesman of the Senate and I intend to discharge this with honour and integrity because the sanctity of the institution is crucial to the sustenance of democracy.
“To clarify them, I have only one point of reference, which is the votes and proceed­ings. The Senate also deliberat­ed on the EFCC with regard to security report available but re­ferred the other nominees for screening since nothing much was found about them.
“We are all guided by pro­cesses; if Buhari is going to re­submit the communication for re-nomination, he must come with the necessary reports, ei­ther negative or positive.
“This is the only official po­sition of the Senate. What I say, I say on behalf of the Senate. Nigerians should be guided. There is no ambiguity in what we said.”
On the origin of the securi­ty report by the DSS, the Sen­ate spokesman said:
“The report we are talk­ing about was sent to the Act­ing Clerk of the Senate. If you talk about two reports which one is the second one? I heard a report was sent to the Spe­cial Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, but I am not holding brief for him. He is a liaison officer and if there is any communication, the Sen­ate President Bukola Saraki or the Clerk are in charge.
“It will be unfortunate for anyone to say that the Senate will be subjected to a report sent to the liaison office. This does not undermine his office; he is one of the highest rank­ing officers. Let us not bring Ita Enang into a crossfire”.
On the Senate’s resolution on the Secretary to the Gov­ernment of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Law­al, the Senate spokesman said that the Upper House’s deci­sion was based on Baba Kaka Garbai (Borno Central) and Ali Ndume’s (Borno South) motion on the massive cor­ruption that greeted the Fed­eral Government’s gesture to the Internally Displaced Per­sons (IDPs) in the area.
“Even with respect to SGF, you as journalists can do your proper investigations. The gen­esis was the motion raised by Kaka and Ndume and the Sen­ate decided to look at the abus­es and the SGF was found to be part of it,” he said.
Abdullahi refuted insinu­ations by some online media that the Senate is divided on the matter.

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