Lagos lawmaker charges DSS to prove allegation against Magu

Chief Whip, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon Rotimi Abiru, has charged the Department of State Services (DSS) to make public the proof of allegations made in its report to the Senate on the Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu whose nomination was rejected by the Senate for the second time.

The lawmaker made the call at the weekend in his reaction to the Senate’s decision on Magu, saying the rejection of EFCC boss called for serious concern in the interest of democracy in the country.

Abiru, who represents Shomolu Constituency II in the state, stated that Magu in the public eye had done a great job in the war against corruption in the country.

“I am impressed and happy with the efforts of Magu. The question that comes to mind is that if the Presidency has done its investigation and affirms that Magu was free of the DSS allegations, and the DSS on the other hand insists otherwise, they should be bold to come out openly to tell Nigerians​ the whole truth of the matter in the interest of the nation” Hon Abiru said.

“Nigerians are very interested in the truth behind the allegations, so that there will not be misgivings and confusion in our efforts to stop corruption in our nation,” he added.

Speaking on the imbroglio between the Senate and the Comptroller General of Nigerian Customs and Exercise (NCE), Col Hamed Alli (rtd), the lawmaker said that the CG was bound to respond to the invitation of the National Assembly, which had an oversight function to perform as guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution.

Abiru said, therefore, that the issue of wearing uniform should not be a matter of controversy, declaring, “If the Senate wants the CG of Customs to appear in Customs uniform, the institution must be obeyed.”

“If the CG appreciates the essence of the National Assembly, he should look beyond this minor difference by complying with the directives in honour of the institution,” the lawmaker said.