Days of Mr Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, appears to be numbered after a Federal High Court that his appointment is subject to confirmation by the Nigerian Senate.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi in a chat with journalists on Thursday announced that a Federal High Court had ruled that the upper chamber of the National Assembly has the powers to confirm or reject his appointment.
Mr. Sabi-Abdullahi made a copy of the ruling available to journalists.
According to him, the Senate has been vindicated on its rejection of Ibrahim Magu as EFCC Chairman.
He said, “We are pleased with this judgment and we want to salute Nigeria’s judiciary for always rising up to the occasion to protect our democracy and deepen our democratic processes.”
The Senate had refused to confirm Magu’s appointment based on a negative report by the Department of State Services, DSS.
The lawmakers had also placed an embargo on confirmation of appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari which required legislative approval, in protest to Presidency’s position that Magu’s appointment did not require Senate’s approval.
Sabi-Abdullahi, the embargo would remain until President Muhammadu Buahri removes Magu.