( Updated) Magu vows to fight on despite rejection by the Senate

Chidi Samuel || Ibrahim Magu, the rejected Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, has vowed to carry on with his crusade against corruption despite the refusal of the senate to confirm him as the substantive chairman of the anti-graft agency.

The Senate voted to reject Magu following opposition from Senators against his confirmation lead by Senator Dino Melaye who earlier cited a fresh report by the DSS against the Acting EFCC Chairman.

With the rejection, Senate President Bukola Saraki said Magu seizes to be Acting Chairman of the EFCC, he, therefore, urged President Muhamadu Buhari to nominate another head for the EFCC.

But addressing members of some civil society organisations in Abuja, the acting EFCC chair said the decision of the senate will not change his priority to fight corruption.

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According to him, “My priority is to fight corruption. My non-confirmation has not changed anything, I will work until the last day whether confirmation or no confirmation.”

“The greatest violation against human right is crime against the society and the humanity… everybody has a duty and responsibility to fight corruption, and I also have a responsibility. I assure you that we will fight to finish.”

He said the allegations by the DSS “cannot stand the test of time”.

“You know, you can’t just raise mere allegations without giving the person opportunity to answer you. There is also the issue of fundamental human right, right of fair hearing,” he said.

“Up till this time, DSS has not called me, and I am even surprised that the same report is coming back. I doubt the genuineness of that report, but I think we need to identify those who have the interest of this country at heart.”

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The anti-graft war, he stated is to “recover what has got lost before and protect the future of our children”.

“We must all wake up, wherever you find yourself, fight corruption, and anytime you discover that I am corrupt, please expose me.”