Senate decision on Magu final, says Saraki’s lawyer

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Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Joseph B. Daudu (SAN) has called on President Mohammadu Buhari to look for better Nigerians who will run the Economic and Financials Crime Commission (EFCC).

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, Daudu who is also the chairman of the African Bar Association (ABA) said President Buhari must consider the Magu experience as a ‘failure’ and treat the file as closed.

“There is no doubt that the appointment of EFCC chairman is not only within the purview of the president but subject to the confirmation of the Senate. What this means is that the rejection by the Senate of the nomination of Magu automatically ends his role within the EFCC.

 

“His formal nomination to the office of chairman of the EFCC automatically nullified his position as acting chairman of the same immediately he was rejected as a nominee for the chairmanship.

 

Consequently, the sojourn of Magu at the EFCC has come to an end,” Daudu said.

 

Daudu, represented Senate president Bukola Saraki at the CCT trial.

 

According to him, there is no application of strange principles of law that empowers the president to retain Magu in an acting capacity in the face of his rejection by the legislature.

 

“This is because it is the constitution that gave the legislature the power to confirm the candidacy of Magu that gave the president the power to nominate him as chairman of EFCC. One arm of government cannot dictate supremacy to the other as that will amount to a brazen infraction of the Constitution”.