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Presidency Lobbies Senate for Magu’s Confirmation

Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay on Wednesday lobbied Senate leadership for the Confirmation of Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) , Ibrahim Magu as substantive chairman of Anti-graft agency.

Magu had been in Acting Capacity for the past four years as Chairman of Anti-graft agency after his rejection by eight Senate.

However, Sagay at the courtesy visit to the leadership of Senate appealed to the lawmakers for the speedy confirmation of Magu as substantive chairman of EFCC.

Sagay said, “Solidarity visit.
Called for the passage of certain anti-corruption bills: Special Criminal Court, and other similar bills which will help the anti-corruption war and ensure that the fight is successfully done with speed and energy.

“We also wish to appeal to the Senate to consider the speedy confirmation of the acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu who has done magnificent work so far in the years of being in that position and who will be a good companion to the legislature in achieving the aims of anti-corruption in this country.”

But, Senate President, Senator Ibrahim Lawan while responding said the lawmakers are yet to receive any request for the Confirmation of Magu as substantive chairman of EFCC.

He said,”You have talked about passage of anti-corruption bills, you have come to the right place but you will also do your work.
This is a new Senate. Going by our rules and I believe that goes for the House of Reps too, any issue that was not concluded in the last National Assembly, will have to start all over again.

“So, as far as we are concerned, those bills will have to come again and start to go through the process from the very beginning.
We are ready, infact, we are in a haste if those bills are ready for us to start working f them.

“The confirmation of Acting chairman of EFCC, there is no request before this senate for the confirmation of the acting chairman of efcc. This is a new senate and therefore, until there is a request to his senate, there is nothing the senate can do.

“And i want to assure you that any request that comes from Mr President is a request that will make Nigeria a better place in terms of appointments or legislation and the senate will act expditiously to ensure that we play our part in the confirmation or passing of legislation appropriately.”

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