The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court Monday fixed December 4 for ruling on the consolidated suits challenging the continued stay of Mr. Ibrahim Magu as the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu picked the date after the court heard and adopted final briefs of argument in five separate suits bordering on the legality or otherwise of his continued headship of the commission.
While four of the suits that came up for hearing on Monday urged the court to declare Magu’s stay in office as illegal since his nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari was twice rejected by the Senate, the fifth suit urged the court to hold that he could validly remain as the acting head of the agency despite senate’s reluctance to approve his nomination by the president.
The court okayed judgement on the matter, almost two years after the suit was filed.
The defendants in the case are President Buhari, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Senate, Magu, and the EFCC.
The 8th Senate had in December 2016 rejected the nomination of Magu as the Chairman of the EFCC by President Buhari, citing adverse “security report” by the Department of State Services (DSS).