Activist wants court to bar Saraki, Oduah, nine others from screening Magu as EFCC chairman

Senate President Bukola Saraki
Senate President Bukola Saraki

Raji Oyewumi, an activist, has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to disqualify Senate President Bukola Saraki, and 10 other senators from participating in the screening and confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman of EFCC.

Mr. Oyewumi, an anti-corruption crusader, in a suit filed in the court on Tuesday, alleged that Mr. Saraki and other senators joined in the suit would be biased if allowed to screen Magu.

Joined in the suit dated February 13, are senators Godswill Akpabio, Jonah Jang, Aliyu Wammako, Stella Oduah, Theodore Orji and Rabiu Kwankwaso.

‎Also joined in the suit are senators Ahmed Sani, Danjuma Goje, Joshua Dariye and Abdullahi Adamu.

Others are the Clerk of the National Assembly, the Senate, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Mr. Magu.

According to Mr. Oyewumi, the senators cannot be fair in the screening and confirmation of Magu, since all of them have pending cases before the EFCC‎.

‎According to him, Mr. Saraki and others are threatened by the leadership of Mr. Magu as EFCC chairman.

He asked the court to determine whether the senate president and other senators would not violate the provisions of Section 56, 172 of paragraph‎ 1 and 9 of the fifth schedule to the 1999 constitution if they participate in screening Magu.

He prayed the court for an injunction restraining the senate president from presiding over or participating in the screening, deliberation and voting on the nomination of Magu as EFCC chairman.

In the affidavit in support of the ‎originating summons, the activist said that the senate president exhibited bias against the confirmation of Magu.

He said the bias was shown when he failed or refused to read the President’s letter on the floor of the Senate until three weeks after.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the matter‎.

(NAN)


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  • tsunami1earthquake

    Does this man really understand what ‘separation of powers’ means? You want another arm of government to go tell its sister arm of government what to do? Hmmmm…..

    • Gbola

      You misunderstand the term SEPARATION OF POWERS as applied in this context.

      There are court cases instituted against these senators by the individual seeking confirmation.

      The courts can wade into this matter.
      It’s not a matter for the Senate to decide.
      After all,
      These same senators are answering to various charges in court.
      And if SEPARATION of POWERS doesn’t affect those cases then it can’t affect this.

      Moreover,
      It is NOT THE ENTIRE SENATE that’s dragged to court.
      It’s just a few senators.

      Had it been the ENTIRE SENATE then your assertion can apply.

  • olat

    May God bless dis Man.
    we need more of them not corruption promoters.

  • Kevin Peter

    Those senators he’s asking to be disqualified are representatives of the people of the various constituencies they came from. Would it be right to block them from their statutory functions just because they have a case to answer?

    • The Percolator

      Absolutely. A Senator facing corruption charges will be biased. He cannot preside over his prosecutor.

    • Gbola

      Of course,

      They elected shady characters to represent them.
      And as such, the wheels of justice can’t and wouldn’t stop just because of the nefarious corrupt senators representing these constituencies.