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Federal High Court Affirms Senate’s Authority to Choose Credible EFCC Chairman


Thursday, February 01, 2018 6.00PM / Proshare WebTV 

The Federal High Court in Abuja, today ruled that the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has the power to ensure the choice of a credible person as the Chairman of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). 

The Court gave the ruling in a suit challenging the Senate’s authority to deny an appointee to the office of Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under the EFCC Act. 

This comes in the midst of the face-off between the Presidency and the Senate over the nomination of Mr Ibrahim Magu as the EFCC Chairman. 

Mr Magu who is currently the Acting Chairman of the Anti-Graft Commission failed to get his confirmation from the Senate, over reports it received from the Department of State Security. 

Despite his failed confirmation, President Muhammadu Buhari insisted that Mr Magu remained his nominee for the position. 

As a result of the impasse between the Presidency and Senate, the latter took a decision that all other nominees from the President will not be attended to for confirmation. 

The Abuja Federal High Court also stated that any impression that the Senate is a rubber stamp of Presidential appointees is misconceived and running contrary to Section 2(3) of the EFCC Act. 

At the moment Mr Ibrahim Magu remains the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, but yet to be confirmed as the Substantive Chairman. 

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