EFCC: Se­nate reads let­ter seek­ing Magu’s con­fir­ma­tion

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

Se­nate Pres­i­dent Bukola Saraki yes­ter­day read a let­ter seek­ing con­fir­ma­tion of the chair­man of the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu and four oth­ers, more than three weeks after it was re­ceived from the pres­i­dency.

The four other per­sons listed for con­fir­ma­tion as mem­bers of the com­mis­sion are Moses Nda­sule, Mam­man Lawan, Imam Na­jib Gal­adanci and Ade­bayo Rafiu Adeleke.

The let­ter dated 17th June, 2016 was writ­ten by Vice Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo when he acted as pres­i­dent dur­ing the va­ca­tion of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari. The stamp on the let­ter showed it was re­ceived by the of­fice of the Pres­i­dent of the Se­nate on June 22, 2016.

The Se­nate em­barked on two weeks re­cess the fol­low­ing day on June 23, with­out read­ing it.

Sources said Saraki read the let­ter after meet­ing with prin­ci­pal of­fi­cers of the Se­nate dur­ing their daily pre-ple­nary meet­ing where it was ex­ten­sively dis­cussed.

Os­in­bajo in the let­ter said sec­tion 3 of the EFCC's Act pro­vides that the Chair­man and mem­bers of the com­mis­sion other than the Ex-of­fi­cio mem­bers shall hold of­fice for a pe­riod of four years and may be reap­pointed for a fur­ther term of four years and no more.

The vice pres­i­dent said: "I hope the screen­ing will, as usual be car­ried out ex­pe­di­tiously by the Distin­guished Se­nate."

But a se­na­tor told Daily Trust that “their con­fir­ma­tion would be dif­fi­cult be­cause of the on-go­ing im­passe be­tween us and the ex­ec­u­tive. How can they be fight­ing us and ex­pect us clear their nom­i­nees?”

When con­tacted, the Deputy Leader of the Se­nate, Se­na­tor Bala Ibn Na'Al­lah said the de­lay in read­ing the let­ter was as a re­sult of Sal­lah break.

"There was noth­ing we could do since we were on re­cess be­cause the pres­i­dent’s let­ter can only be read at the ple­nary," he said.

On their re­la­tion­ship with the Pres­i­dency, he said, we will con­tinue to co­op­er­ate with the ex­ec­u­tive as far as good gov­er­nance is con­cerned. We don't have any is­sue with the Pres­i­dent, we only have mi­nor is­sues with some of the peo­ple he ap­pointed," he said in a phone in­ter­view last night.

When con­tacted, the Chair­man of the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Rules and Busi­ness in the fifth Se­nate (2003-2007), Se­na­tor Umaru Tsauri, said com­mu­ni­ca­tions from the pres­i­dent were sup­posed to be treated with all ur­gency.

“Nor­mally the com­mu­ni­ca­tion of the Pres­i­dent is read on the floor of the Se­nate, a day after it was sub­mit­ted and ac­tion is taken on it im­me­di­ately. But if there are is­sues on the com­mu­ni­ca­tion, it would be ad­dressed dur­ing ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion," he said.

Se­nate’s spokesman, Se­na­tor Aliyu Sabi Ab­dul­lahi, couldn’t be reached for com­ment last night.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that Pres­i­dent Buhari’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion on the bud­get of CBN, NNPC, FIRS, Cus­toms and 34 oth­ers is yet to be read by the Se­nate Pres­i­dent.

The let­ter was read at the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives by the Speaker, Yakubu Dog­ara on Tues­day.

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