President Buhari reportedly set to stop NASS’ attempt to remove Magu

President Buhari reportedly set to stop NASS’ attempt to remove Magu

- The National Assembly is reportedly making moves to amend the constitution

- This is expected to allow for the removal of Ibrahim Magu as acting EFCC chairman

- Sources, however, said President Buhari may not assent to the bill

The National Assembly is reportedly making a final move through a bill to remove Ibrahim Magu from his position as acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Vanguard reports that the bill has already been passed by the House of Representatives and awaiting similar action from the Senate.

It was reported that the House of Representatives passed the bill a fortnight ago and that the bill is meant to up the qualification for EFCC chairman from assistant commissioner of police to assistant inspector-general of police which is an attempt to replace Magu with a superior officer.

Sources within the presidency, however, said President Muhammadu Buhari is likely to decline assent to the bill.

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It was reported that following Magu’s rejection by the National Assembly, the lawmakers had already moved to work on bill and that they hoped to get passed before the expiration of the eighth Senate.

In the series of amendments to the Act, the lawmakers amended Section 2 of the EFCC Act relating to the composition of the commission. Before the amendment, Section 2 read, “(1) the commission shall consist of the following members: (a) a chairman, who shall (i) be the Chief Executive and Financial Officer of the commission; (ii) be a serving or retired member of any government security or law enforcement agency not below the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police or equivalent; and (iii) possess not less than 15 years cognate experience.” After the amendment, it reads, “(a) A Chairman, who shall (i) be a retired or serving member of any government security or law enforcement agency not below the rank of Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) of Police or an equivalent and possessing not less than 20 years cognate experience; (ii) a legal practitioner with at least 20 years post-call experience.

An amendment was also made to Section 27(4), making it compulsory for the EFCC to obtain ex-parte order from court before seizing suspected assets.

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Recall that the Nigerian Senate rejected the nomination of Magu as the chairman of the EFCC, saying he was not the right man for the full-time job.

However, Magu stated that he is glad that the Senate refused to confirm him as the substantive chairman of the anti-graft agency.

Legit.ng gathers that Magu stated that perhaps he wouldn’t have been able to perform as much as he had done so far, if he had indeed been confirmed by the upper legislative chamber.

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