Why Ribadu may replace Magu as EFCC chair

EFCC’s acting Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has been unable to meet with the President after he was rejected by the Senate.

Presidential sources told this news house that Magu had tried to meet with the President over his rejection by the Senate.

A DSS report on Magu stated that “Magu has failed the integrity test.

“He will eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption drive of the present administration.”

Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, handles the President’s appointments and determines who gets to see him.

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It is believed that Magu stepped on the toes of some members of the President’s kitchen cabinet, including Kyari.

Magu was sighted in the Presidential Villa around 6.30pm on Friday but Abba Kyari reportedly blocked his meeting with PMB.

Following the Senate’s rejection of Magu, presidential sources say some close aides of the President are now pushing for the return of Nuhu Ribadu as EFCC boss.

These officials say it was high time the EFCC returned to the era intellectual and sound investigative capacity to fight corruption.

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The suggestions are coming against the backdrop of allusions that EFCC had derailed from its roadmap since Ribadu left.

A source from NASS told this news house that there were moves to amend some provisions of EFCC Act.

This will pave the way for the emergence of a chairman outside the Nigeria Police Force or security agencies.

The EFCC Act provides that a chairman shall be a serving or retired member of any government security or law enforcement agency.

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The Act also stipulates that the fellow’s rank must not be below that of an Assistant Commissioner of Police or equivalent.

“We need a seasoned head who can take EFCC to the level of FBI or its equivalent in the United Kingdom.

“The agency needs international connections and it must operate at a higher pedestal.

“It doesn’t have to be a policeman all the time,” a presidency source said.

If the plan scales through, Nuhu Ribadu may once again return as the anticorruption Czar of EFCC.