For a second time, the Senate on Wednesday rejected the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The rejection followed the letter by the Department of the Security Service (DSS), which re-affirmed the agency's earlier position on several allegations against Magu.

DSS in the letter insisted that Magu is ‘unfit’ to head the anti-graft agency.

The DSS report, signed by Folashade Bello on behalf of the Director General, Lawal Daura and addressed to the Clerk to the Senate, said Magu failed integrity test and would eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption drive of the present administration if confirmed.

Here are the five things in the DSS report that the Seante used against Magu.

  • Magu was accused of living in a house paid for by a “corrupt” businessman, Umar Mohammed. Magu is currently occupying a residence rented for N40m at N20m per annum.  Mohammed, air commodore retired, has been described as a questionable businessman who was arrested by the secret service.

  • Magu was also accused of regularly embarking on official and private trips through a jet owned by Umar.
    In one of such trips, Magu flew to Maiduguri alongside Mohammed with a bank MD who was being investigated by the EFCC over complicity in funds allegedly stolen by the immediate past petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

  • He was also accused of extorting money — through a proxy‎ — from suspects.

  • In August 2008 during the tenure of Farida Waziri as the commission’s Chairman, some sensitive documents which were not supposed to be at the disposal of Magu were discovered in his house. He was subsequently redeployed to the police after days of detention and later suspended from the police force.


  • In December 2010, the Police Service Commission (PSC) found Magu guilty of action prejudicial to state security – withholding of EFCC files, sabotage, unauthorised removal of EFCC files and acts unbecoming of a police officer, and awarded him severe reprimand as punishment.