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MAGU:Group threatens Senate with contempt of court over confirmation


ABUJA—Following  the re-submission of the name of the Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, to the Senate for reconsideration as a substantive chairman, strong indications have emerged, yesterday, that problems against his possible confirmation have reared their heads.
In a statement, yesterday, in Abuja, a rights group, Kingdom Human Rights Foundation, warned that any attempt by the Senate to consider Magu for confirmation would amount to contempt of court since litigation against such move by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Senate is already before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, as filed by the Save Nigeria Group, SNG and Incorporated Trustees of Kingdom Human Rights Foundation on December 29, 2016.
The group in a statement by its Director, Okere Nnamdi, said it had duly notified the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, through a letter dated January 5, 2017 of the pendency of the suit.
The rights group said: “Accepting Magu’s re-nomination and going ahead to consider it, will amount to contempt of court and deliberate abuse to the age-long established principle of rule of law and separation of powers.”
“We have duly notified the Senate President, through a letter dated 5/1/17 and also informed and served him the process filed in court and averted their mind to the fact that it will amount to contempt of court to accept and re- consider Magu’s re-nomination during the pendency of the suit.”
Though the Senate last week Tuesday received a letter from the President, re-nominating Magu for the substantive chairmanship position of the anti-graft agency, but the objection being raised by the group against such re-nomination may be honoured by it going by provision of rule 53(5) of its 2015 Standing Order as Amended which prevents the upper legislative chamber from entertaining any matter already in court.
MAGU:Group threatens Senate with contempt of court over confirmation MAGU:Group threatens Senate with contempt of court over confirmation Reviewed by okpala Precious on January 31, 2017 Rating: 5

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