Court throws out suit seeking Magu’s removal as EFCC head


The Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed some suits seeking the removal of Ibrahim Magu as Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

In the suit, the plaintiffs argued that the Senate had twice rejected Magu’s appointment and refused to screen him to take up the position in a substantive capacity. 

It also noted that Magu who has been acting as the EFCC chairman since 2015,  having been rejected by the senate, was not fit to continue to serve in that capacity. 

Delivering judgment, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu held that there was a lacuna in the law by not providing for the timeframe within which a person could act as EFCC’s chairman. 

She noted that although the lacuna ought not to be exploited to install Magu in office in substantive capacity without the Senate confirmation, it had given the President as the appointor “the proverbial yam and the knife to do as he pleases” with the appointment of the EFCC chairman. 

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