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Senate Vs Magu: Court Judgement Has No Effect – Sagay, Keyamo

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Senior Lawyers, Itse Sagay and Festus Keyamo have weighed in on a recent court judgment regarding Ibrahim Magu’s status as the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC).

On Thursday, a federal high court in Abuja presided over by Justice T. Tsoho ruled that the Nigerian Senate acted in accordance with the law when it screened and rejected Ibrahim Magu’s nomination as chairman of the EFCC.

Reacting to the development, Keyamo said; “The fact that the law has not circumscribed the amount of time or the time period that someone can act as the head of an agency, it would mean therefore that I see no legal problem at all in Ibrahim Magu continuing to act as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, there is no legal impediment at all.”

Sagay, who is also the chairman of PACAC, said; “I don’t expect that the judgment will have an effect on Ibrahim Magu’s status as Acting EFCC Chairman. I don’t expect that there’s anything externally that is going to affect Magu’s position.

“I don’t know whether the judge considered Section 171 of the Constitution which even allows the President to appoint heads of agencies like Magu’s agency without any reference to the Senate. That is already there, so I don’t know what was brought to the court’s attention. When we see the full judgment we will be able to express our opinion,”.

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