Bukola Saraki, the immediate past Senate president, has alleged that Ibrahim Magu is haunting him after the latter failed to secure his confirmation as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by the eighth National Assembly.
Saraki made the allegation against Magu, the current acting Chairman of the anti-graft agency in a letter to Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.
The former Senate president wrote the letter in response to an initial correspondence to the Chief Judge by the EFCC, who accused SarakiJustice Taiwo Taiwo, the presiding judge in Saraki’s fundamental human rights enforcement suits against the commission, of being biased against it.
The EFCC in its letter, which was signed by Magu, urged Justice Abdu-Kafarati to reassign the cases to another judge.
Saraki, in his letter, narrated that Magu had personally visited him and pleaded that he (Saraki) should facilitate his confirmation hearing and process.
The former Kwara federal lawmaker, however, said that while he was not against his confirmation, the report from the Department of State Services (DSS) suggested that he (Magu) was incapable to lead a sensitive organisation such as the EFCC.
The letter partly read: “Your Lordship, Mr. Magu after his nomination, came to see me pleading that I should do my best to help him during the screening process. During that meeting, I made it clear that I had no objection to his nomination and revealed to him, in confidence that he needed to go and clear himself with the DSS because the report on him was unfavourable.
“In fact, I bent backwards to let him read the content of the indicting security report submitted on him.
“Also, I decided to delay the screening to give him ample time to get the DSS to change the report. As it eventually turned out, he was unable to get the adverse DSS report reversed.”
Saraki noted that Magu holds him responsible for his non-confirmation and has, therefore, decided to harass and persecute him.
The letter read: “My Lord, Mr. Magu is after me because he feels that as the President of the 8th Senate, I was responsible for the non-confirmation of his appointment, whereas the reason his appointment was not confirmed is all too familiar: an agency of the executive, which nominated him, the DSS, sent two reports to the Senate in which it categorically stated that Magu failed the integrity test, that his confirmation would shackle the EFCC from effectively tackling corruption in the country and hampering the anti-corruption drive of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.”
The former Senate president pleaded with the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court to dismiss the EFCC’s request for the case to be transferred to another judge.
Saraki, a two-term Kwara governor, wondered why the EFCC is the only agency out of the six entities restrained by Justice Tawio against probing him that is hounding the learned judge.
He claimed that the actions of the EFCC and its leadership have shown that they are “unnecessarily mischievous, pugnacious and overzealous.”