ONDO State governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, has advised the Presidency to pick a replacement for Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) if the Senate will still not clear him.
Akeredolu said the country must not be allowed to grind to a halt over the non-clearance of Magu because “we have more than 1,001 people who can be chairman of the EFCC.”
The Senate had twice refused to clear Magu on account on damning security reports it received from the Department of State Services (DSS), which predicated the reports on the failure of Magu to pass integrity test.
The governor spoke on Saturday in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Political Circuit, a radio programme anchored by Isaac Brown on Fresh F.M.
He punctured the claim in some quarters that the Senate needed not clear Magu before he could function as EFCC chair, asking rhetorically, “If the Senate did not need to clear him, why was his name sent there in the first instance?
“For me, the issue has to do with interpretation of the law. I think the Senate has gone to court over it. Let the Supreme Court determine what the status of the law is. The argument arose as to whether the Senate needed to clear him.
“My take on this is: If the Senate did not need to clear him, why was his name sent there in the first instance? The Presidency must clear the air on that. Then the argument changed that his clearance is in the EFCC Act and not in the constitution. But it is there”.
Vanguard, August 14, 2017
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