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