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Court Affirms Senate’s Power to Reject Magu

An Abuja Federal High Court has affirmed senate’s power to reject Acting  Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC)  , Ibrahim Magu by the Senate. 

This court Judgement was made available by the Senate spokesman,  Senator Abdulahi Sabi

who said that it is expected for the President Muhammadu Buhari to send replacement for the the anti-graft Boss. 

According to him , with this judgement it is expected for the President Muhammadu Buhari to send replace for Magu to continue with the war against corruption. 

He added that by this judgement the issue is not before Senate but at the door step of executive to do the needful until another superior court said otherwise.

In the judgement obtained by our correspondent the suit was filled by Oluwatosin Ojaomo ESQ with the suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/59/2017.

It could be recalled that Senate had last year rejected Magu as anti-graft boss due to State Security Service (SSS)  report on the anti-graft chairman. 

In the judgement delivered by Justice J.T.Tsoho on January 15 stated that there is no doubt that the National Assembly is bound by the provision of the EFCC Act with respect to the appointment of the chairman of the EFCC by the President.

The Judgement said, “There is no doubt that the 1st. Defendant is bound by the provisions of the EFCC Act with respect to the appointment of the chairman of the EFCC by the President. 

” It should be realized that the provision of section 2(3) of the EFCC Act,  empowers the Senate,  headed by the 1st Defendant to confirm an appointed to the office of the chairman of EFCC by the President. 

“The Senate is thus congested with  Authority to ensure the choice of only suitable and credible person for the appointment of EFCC of that office.  The submission of the plaintiff however gives the impression that the Senate only exist to rubber stamp the president’s appointment of a chairman. Such view runs counter to proper intendement of section2(3) of the EFCC Act and is misconceived. “

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