Why Buhari can’t renominate Magu for EFCC job – Melaye

Dino Melaye

The chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, has said that following the Senate’s rejection of Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) twice, President Muhammadu Buhari cannot validly re-nominate the same candidate again.

Mr. Melaye, while commenting on the debate in the media about whether Mr. Magu can continue to act as EFCC boss in spite of his failure to be confirmed by the Senate or whether the president can re-nominate him, Mr. Melaye said there was a provision of the Senate rules which would not allow members consider Mr. Magu for the same position again.

Citing Order 131 of the Senate Rules, Mr. Melaye advised President Muhammadu Buhari to consider a fresh nominee who is qualified, in terms of experience, integrity, knowledge and temperament to lead the anti-graft agency.

Order 131 of the Senate Rules states that “nominations neither confirmed nor rejected during the session or within 21 working days in the case of Ministerial nominees shall be returned by the clerk to the National Assembly to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and shall not again be made to the Senate by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

Mr. Melaye, who said that Mr. Magu did not impress anybody including those Senators who would have been sympathetic to his cause during the confirmation hearing in the Senate, urged President Buhari to look for a replacement and avoid actions that may result in violation of the laws of the land.

“Those suggesting to the president that after failing to scale the confirmation process twice, the President should leave Magu to be acting are only recommending violation of the law, disrespect for due process and perpetration of illegality. All these will only undermine democracy and constitutionalism in our country.

“Those drafters of the law who made the provision that the Senate should confirm the nomination of the EFCC chairman did not make any mistake and nobody should observe the law in the breach by getting a person into that office who has not been confirmed. Magu is not greater than the law creating EFCC. Magu is not the last messiah. He can’t be the only competent person for the job out of 170 million Nigerians. Should he voluntarily decline the appointment today, will EFCC fold up?” Mr. Melaye asked.


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  • Amir

    There is no frontline ediot and saboteur more than this jester called Malaye.

    • Tunsj

      You got that right. All these rogues are scared of Magu.

    • Sanssouci

      Let us forget about the Senate and all ill feelings towards them for a while, does it make any sense to you that the chairman of the EFCC is presently headed by a person that the DSS an agency under the presidency strongly advised against since October 2016 and by March 2017 has still not shifted its position?

      • bbounce

        So you mean we should trust DSS over supreme court that cleared Magu regarding their report on him ?

        • Sanssouci

          Which supreme court report? Never heard of it please enlighten me. We trusted and jubilated and rightfully so when the same DSS went after and raided serving judges including 2 supreme court justices, Nobody doubted Daura’s judgement then. Why is it so difficult for him to clear the air if he does not stand behind the report?

          • persona

            The issue of the judges was different. They did ISR thus monitoring them to ensure they had evidence. DSS in the case of Magu, they simply did copy and past with the allegations and no investigation was done.
            The issues such as his arrest with evidence showed that he was suspended and later even promoted.
            The issue of travel on first class, he said the only seat available was firs class and he took it BUT paid for it from his pocket as against what they wanted us to believe that it was against he FG directive.
            The figures of the rented house was obviously false and fabricated. The usual surveillance or investigation was poorly done and it shows, it was targeted, hence, they never allowed him to defend or face his accusers.
            AGF, VP and PACAC all checked the allegations and deemed it wrong, we should always stay by the truth. Politics and politicians destroy this nation.

          • Sanssouci

            So why do u think the DSS is behaving that way and more imprtantly and scary whay does Buhari seem incapable of curbing it. From following you I have no doubt you are sincere in your desires for this country but hnestly tell me are you not worried at what has happened twice now under Baba’s nose? Does he really want Magu confirmed or not?

          • persona

            Honestly, I think Buhari is busy saving himself because he knows that he will travel soon and the NASS may want to make a move to impeach him.
            He also needs to have the budget passed and loans taken so strategically, he will rather save those situations than a man that he can tell to keep acting. The DSS is playing coy by referencing a letter that they can easily deny one of the 2 letters since both have the same reference number.
            The more relevant question is this: WHy is NASS not calling for a clarification of which letter and the genuineness of which but they say institutions should not be rubbished.
            I think Buhari enjoys Magu in acting which also ensures Nigeria gets the best out of him because he may get confirmed and he flips or is complacent. Either ways, Buhari doesn’t lose.

          • Sanssouci

            Respect!

      • persona

        Are you aware that DSS wrote 2 letters with same reference numbers and with 2 different versions?
        The march letter referenced the serial number of that of October, which should be take and why did senate choose the damning one over the favorable one?
        How come the DSS boss is not asked to show up and clarify?
        How come Daura didn’t write or sign off himself when he was in town on both occasions?
        The more the senate digs, it shall disgrace itself very soon.

        • Sanssouci

          So why is it so difficult for Daura to clear the air? At the last hearing the clerk of the senate specifically clarified that it was only one letter received.

          • persona

            That is what the senate should have done before writing another letter to DSS. The DSS played the coy game of addressing 2 letters with same reference number and responded to senate with same number.
            The game is clear, DSS will claim plausible deniability when it arises and the senate will have nowhere to run to again. Saraki is already saying Magu was not rejected based on the letter, their lies are becoming clearer.
            The second letter was displayed by Magu, Ali Ndume and above all, the SA to national assembly. There are 2 letters and the senate knows this.

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  • Bala

    Look at this bastard ! Dose Magu has a case in court like your theft Bukola saraki ? You are rejecting Magu for mere allegations what about your boss that was duck in the court for criminal offense ? Yet u have the audacity to say Magu is not clean,IDIOT

  • sheyman

    See our sinators conducting integrity test on magu. Which of them is fit to conduct such test? Magu flew on first class once and it’s a problem, many of our sinators fly in their personal private jets and yet they accuse someone of lacking integrity. What a shame

    • Sanssouci

      No, it is DSS that accused him of lacking integrity

  • Hass

    The Senate rule (Order 1331) that the court jester refers to, is completely unconnected to this instance. It refers to “nominations neither confirmed nor rejected” within 21 days. By this rule, such nomination is actually deemed confirmed by default by the Executive. This is not the case with Magu. He can’t even understand their own rule written in simple english. So so scared of Magu, Haba!

  • Hass

    The Senate rule (Order 131) that the court jester refers to, is completely unconnected to this instance. It refers to “nominations neither confirmed nor rejected” within 21 days. By this rule, such nomination is actually deemed confirmed by default by the Executive. This is not the case with Magu. He can’t even understand their own rule written in simple english. So so scared of Magu, Haba!

    • okenwa

      No one is scared of magu but he was rubbished by those that nominated him that is presidency.

  • Du Covenant

    The fact of the matter is, the scum bags are scared to death what will be unleashed on them if Magu was confirmed. Nigeria has truly been high-jacked by a bunch of criminals who are determined to maintain the culture of corruption that benefit them and only them. If there is anyone who has failed the so called integrity test, it the senators. At the end of the day, Nigerians deserve what they get because criminals are celebrated while decent get vilified. This is the awful situation we are in.

    • okenwa

      Dss that rubbished magu is under buhari and not senate.

    • Höly Wähala

      How long has Magu been EFCC lion now and, how many NASS goats has he eaten for the rest to be scared of him? Put differently, how many people have gone to prison on account of Magu’s dilligent prosecution of the war against corruption? This is how you folks make heroes out of zeros… Magu has serious character and integrity issues that must not be forgotten regardless how good a job he is doing. More importantly, he is not the only person in Nigeria who can battle corruption, the war has been on even when he was detained by Mrs. Farida Waziri for inappropriate actions. Make una go siddon with this Magu matter, it’s getting redundant and annoying. Mtchwwww!

      • Du Covenant

        In a normal society where sanity reigns, Saraki would never have been he senate president. What integrity has saraki got when his name appears anywhere there is mention of corruption?, he should have stepped down pending the courts clearing him from his court case. Magu has not been charged to any court of law is the difference. What makes you think Saraki is the only person capable of presiding over this senate?. Can you not see the thugs he has employed to protect him?.

        • Höly Wähala

          Too late to cry over spilled milk. Why didn’t the AGF disqaulify his fraudulent election into the Presidency of the Senate when the police concluded that “rules were forged” but they were not sure laws were broken? Why wasn’t Buhari resolute enough in the early goings before the 8th Senate was sworn-in, instead, he stood aloof as usual until Saraki’s impunity got out of control? Why didn’t the President lobby the Senators on behalf of Magu shortly before he appeared for the 2nd hearing? All too late, prices paid for inefficiency and evidence of the chaos that is this presidency. Abegi, go siddon for corner jare… Saraki actually happens to be an effective Senate President, more so than all his predecessors piled together. Ende!

          • Du Covenant

            Had Buhari ended Saraki’s career for diobeying the party upon whose platform he ran, you would have been one of the vocal Nigerians crying fowl. Yes, my position has always been to get rid of Saraki for behaving the way he did. We would never have been in this mess. Saraki epitomizes all that is wrong with Nigeria, greedy, selfish and corrupt. He was born into a family of corruption and knows no better. It is such a pity for Nigeria.

          • Höly Wähala

            Shut up dia… what do you know about me, moron? Every tout is now an expert on politics, can you quote yourself during the campaigns that enthroned Buhari? eMonkey!

  • Aremu Mathew Okikiolu

    The President has competent assistants and this unsolicited advice is hereby rejected. This unpatriotic clown is disgusting.

  • RR

    Is the democracy in Nigeria a government of the people, by the people, for the people, or a kakistocracy rather, for the benefit of knaves at the cost of fools?

  • Olusola

    This dullard called melaye feels he can ride rough shod. All PMB needs to do is write the NASS after receipt of their letter stating the fact of their rejection of Magu and their reasons, reply them stating he has decided to leave magu to continue acting while he searches for a person that may fit the profile requested by the senate. He will further commend them and request their participation in the process. Thereafter he will not talk to them again. Magu will act until forever or until such a time majority of them would go to jail whichever comes first!

    • Sam

      Dont blame Melaye, blame the incompetent Buhari

    • helen

      Olusola please be inform that their is a time limit to the period where a person nominated to head an organization can act without senate confirmation and if the president should continue to allow Magu to act as EFCC chairman thenn president is violating the connsstitution of the land and the has the right to starte impeachment processes against the president or deal with president in their own way.

      • tony10

        What is the time limit if we may know? Please read the constitution and stop listening to Dino who obviously does not know what he is talking about. And impeachment? Joke of the century.

  • Sword of Damocles

    “Order 131 of the Senate Rules” : a senate rule in violation of the Constitution of 1999,which states that the Senate must “advise & consent”(vote up or down) on the Executive nominations, PERIOD( no if, no when,no but). The “esteemed’ senator sees fit to let the world discover the severe limits of the intellect of men & women that our country is CURSED to call to senators, and the lengths to which these criminals will go to protect the kleptocracy that Nigeria has always been. I have a simple question for any THINKING human? How can a rule(senate rules) CREATED by a SUPERSEDING/ SUPREME law/code(the Constitution of 1999), then turnaround to become higher than the SUPREME law/code?? The answer? only in FARCICAL Nigeria!! Laff won kill me…simply the GRIMIEST scum of earth,that’s who Nigeria has as her leaders, our founding fathers must be turning in their graves

    • Sam

      This is the mess that PMB has created for himself. By the time people see you as a figurehead leader, they treat you with contempt.

      It doesn’t get worse than this.

      • Sword of Damocles

        your words are dripping with TRUTH to my profound chagrin

      • suleiman

        A figure head as how? Is he bigger than the country or our constitution? Remember we are not in a military junta where no one questions the president. It is a democracy and if you can’t be a democrat, then don’t present yourself for election. Buhari has never been nor will he ever be a democrat, period! This the problem many of you who are used to the military dictatorship have. There is no where in our Constitution that says the senate must confirm every nominee of the president. If you are nominated and rejected twice, it means you are no good, simple and short!

    • helen

      My friend you are the one that is leting the world know the limit of your intellect. So because the constitution only state that the Senate to “advise & consent”(vote up or down) on the Executive nominations, PERIOD( no if, no when,no but)(according to you) means the a man who have failed the integrity test must be allowed to be confirmed as EFCC chairman.
      This Magu that lied Ahmed Isah (Brekete Family) and allowing an innocent man to be jailed just because he is asking for his h 50,000 dollars that was seized for him at the airport and also accused of order things. Please this guy has no integrity.

      • Oye

        Haaba! In my own opinion, Magu hasn’t is clean. Read the SSS report and Magu’s response and PT’s (outside) investigation. The SSS is most probably compromised and bent on preventing Magu with no just cause

      • Sword of Damocles

        Dearest “Helen”(aka Sinator Melaye), to prove to you AGAIN the severe limits of your intellect, no where did I stipulate whether any one must be confirmed for EFCC chair (CONCENTRATE now, I know it is hard), but I spoke ONLY to what the Constitution EXPRESSLY(not implied) states about legislative function. I beg oooh Sinator, no vex no be my words do am, na your own words finish you. I know sey you be Mr rofo roof, and I u be jaguda, but know one thing if our paths EVER cross, a “30 odd 6” slug will have “melaye’s big coconut head” written on it. If wetin I write pain you like that, then let the thought of the poor Kogi masses be in that big head ALL THE TIME( not your looted funds rides that you collect), and you I will sing your praises

    • persona

      They claim that there is separation of powers and then arrogate law making, law breaking and interpretation to themselves.
      The operative word is neither and its meant for the members not the nominee or the citizens at large.
      Does anyone have doubts that the NASS should be a part time venture and a drain pipe on Nigerians?

    • Most of our political forefathers are in hell, they have and deserves no grave nor peace, yes there are few a hand full of exception to the rule.

  • Sarah

    Melaye 2 quick points:
    1) Rules/Orders of the Senate are to regulate only that body. Not any other legislature and certainly NOT the executive.
    2) The order you cited talks specifically about ‘… Neither confirmed nor rejected..’, in which case the President can assume such nominee is confirmed by default.
    Magu was rejected so this order would not apply even if it were binding on the executive in the first place.
    Law maker know your laws.

    • samson

      Babe, please read order 131 again…..
      Order 131 of the Senate Rules states that “nominations neither confirmed nor rejected during the session or within 21 working days in the case of Ministerial nominees shall be returned by the clerk to the National Assembly to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and shall not again be made to the Senate by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
      Meaning magu’s time for confirmation has passed.
      Now the order he sited is the order that guides the way the senate do things. Meaning if the president should nnominate magu again and he apears before the senate and any senator raises a point if order siting order 131 the screening is immediately put to stop. Magu has been rejected twice for your information based on the DSS report.

      • persona

        The operative word is NEITHER.
        Clearly, Magu was screened this last time so he doesn’t fall into the “inactivity/irresponsibility” clause of the senate.
        Magu was presented and for 6 months, nothing was done. Dino is trying to now pull a fast one on a senate order guiding members and not appointees or citizens not NASS members.

      • Tunji Olarewaju

        Samson, this nominee was REJECTED so this order doesn’t apply herewith.

      • Sarah

        Magu was rejected. He cannot be classified as ‘..neither confirmed nor rejected..’.
        Please note that “..nor..” means NONE of the two possibilities occured.
        That Order CANNOT apply if any one of the possibilities occurs.
        In any case this is what Sen Ndume vs Sen Melaye will fight over within their chamber.
        The order CANNOT in any way constrain the executive.

      • Oye

        You are still misunderstanding the grammar. Though you are correct it would prevent voting on issues affected by the order, but Magu’s case is not. The order is about a case apparently not treated. More so, were the order valid for Magu’s case it would have prevented this second hearing

      • Karl Imom

        You’ve got it wrong. Senate Rules are for running the senate and only the senate; they do not affect how the president runs the country. And on top of that, the Nigerian Constitution overrides all other rules where there is a conflict. Section 171 of 1999 Constitution does not limit the president on how many times he/she can present an individual to the senate for confirmation. That aside, certain appointments including EFCC Chairman do not have to be confirmed by the senate to be effective. Such appointments expire when the president’s term of office expires. For example if Magu were confirmed by the senate, his term of office will be 5-years, and will serve his 5-year term even if Buhari loses election 2019. If he is not confirmed, he will still serve as EFCC Chairman, but will have to leave office if Buhari loses election in 2019. Dino Melaye clearly does NOT understand the Nigerian Constitution; therefore, he does not belong to the senate.

    • persona

      Operative word is Neither and if that is hard to differentiate from either, Dino is obviously wasting taxpayers money.
      They cant even come up with a valid reason for his rejection and now using senate laws that is not binding on nominees or citizens at large but regulates their members only.

  • kinsly

    Melaye the clown.

    • suleiman

      No, he is not a clown. He is simply pointing out to you knuckle heads that democracy is not dictatorship. There is what we call separation of powers in the presidential system. If there is no such separation of power, then we will be operating a dictatorship. The president is not superior to the President of Senate or the Chief Justice of the federation since they all head branches of the government. Please learn how the presidential system works

      • uallura

        Pls go back and read your government text books very well bro

        • absam777

          Me think @Suleiman is also a clown just like Melaye.

          • kinsly

            Very correct!

        • kinsly

          He already read the book but upside down!

          • uallura

            Yes my brother I can see that

      • kinsly

        Hahahahahhha! Fish head calling someone knuckle head. Imagine the level of your understanding of basic issues of governance. Appalling!

  • suleiman

    I really wonder what is wrong with Nigerians. Since this government came to power it seems everybody has lost their brains. We copied this system from America and for many years we have failed to learn what we copied. What is so special about Magu? if the man has no integrity, how do you expect him to fight corruption? If the man is corrupt, how do you expect him to fight corruption? Attacking Melaye is not the solution to our problems. Everybody must grow up! Enough is enough about this eye service to a corrupt government.

  • dami

    Wrong provision Mr melaye, efcc chairman is not a ministerial position…the problem is that you senators are all rogues and thieves that is the real issue…in a sane cline you should all be in prison instead we are here watching thieves calling their accuser a person of no integrity.

  • Nwakibeya

    I support you Mr. Melaye. We need a breath of fresh air in the EFCC. The Present EFCC is the most corrupt Anti corruption agency in the world. Go and lodge a petition or make a report to the EFCC and you get to see their true colours. Thumbs up to the Nigerian Senate and the DSS

    • kinsly

      Wailer and looters like you,why won’t you support him? When Magu has taking away your usual source of free money.

  • aca

    Now let me ask, order of Senate and Constitution which one is supreme?

    • factfinder

      You asked a very sensible question. That was my question too. More so, their senate rule says ” ministerial nominee” and not efcc chair

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  • usman alhassan

    Lol now you came to the point that I’m waiting to hear since the first time you rejected magu. Before I’m in doubt that is this the NASS that don’t want magu as EFCC boss or DSS which is under presidency!! But now your make it cleared that it’s the senate that don’t want him at all for either hiding personal reason.

  • Kevin Peter

    Even if Magu scales through tomorrow, the integrity test he failed will continue to hunt him and jeopardize any good work of EFCC. Already, the anticorruption fight is viewed as one-sided when viewed against the unwarranted intimidation and abuse of fundamental human rights of people.
    Simply put, Magu failed himself during the “interview” and should not be given a second chance when there are more qualified people out of over 180million Nigerians for that office.

    • isiaka

      It is not a surprise, that majority of our lawmakers are lawbreakers. A lawmaker that makes the house rules superior than the Nigeria Constitution. Dino please, you need more enlightenment on the Nigeria constitution.

    • musa aliyu

      Failed indeed. More qualified indeed. Mtchewww! Like or not, magu will be! Go jump into the ocean.

  • Spoken word

    it is only in a country like Nigeria that Dino will be a senator.I am sure has evaded custom duties on all his luxury cars.that is why he has been shouting.

  • easyman16

    You thieves looters is just afraid of magu. We nigerians is countering your rejecting magu as EFCC boss as long as the war against corruption remains in administration MAGU remains the BOSS!

  • Kekedu

    Dino the thug, please read the order 131 you sighted again to clear your head. Magu’s case is not that he was ‘neither confirmed nor rejected’. Try another line.

  • Isaac Azor

    Dino reminds me of Orubebe of 2015 presidential election result saga. Birds of the same feather doing the same type of job. Dino and Saraki will definitely leave the Senate disgraced. The issue of the imported bullet-proof Land Rover SUV for Saraki has just come to the surface, I’m sure more will come.

    • Chym

      Is a lie. Senate is in the right track

  • Capitol

    Somebody correct me if I am wrong, what moral right does Dino or any other so called senator have to talk about integrity? The same people who have arrogantly refused to make their salaries public and are constantly accuse of 1st class corruption? Magu may be guilty as charged but can this group of people without integrity accuse another of lack of integrity? Corruption can never fight corruption. If this integrity BS is coming from a person with proven integrity, we go listen, certainly not people like Dino with fine Gucci belt separating his belly from his promiscuous waist and some other dudes wearing agbada cut from 15yards brocade fabric who snores away their life at plenary sessions. No b Magu be our problem now jare, after all we ain’t seeing the effect of the money they claimed to have recovered so far. So make senate and Magu go look bush with their nollywood scripts. Na film dem dey act.

    • kusanagi

      It’s all a game to them. It may be a serious game but a game nonetheless.

  • isioku

    How do we lay blame where it doesnt belong? Why do we choose to close our eyes to the obvious? The problem is not with the Senate. All American senators do not agree so our senators. The problem is with the Presidency. You sent a nominee to the Senate then sabotaged the same nominee via a damning report emanating from the same Presidency. If the Senate had closed its eyes to the report, what would that be? Corruption? Not following due process? So tomorrow if Senate decides to close its eyes to DSS report for a bad guy who had been appointed by a corrupt regime because of Magu’s exception, what happens? Then we say “you must look at the DSS report”? How do we not understand that process os everything and we you set a bad precedent today, you lose the right to complain tomorrow. The Senate did not reject Magu. The Presidency through the DSS did. And if you think Magu can stay in acting capacity forever, then think again. Even the emotional lawyers who are saying that knows the principles of law have that properly covered. Yes, the constitution or the efcc act is silent on time of confirmation but the spirit of the law doesnt intend that an unconfirmed nominee stays out his appointment without confirmation. The courts have always held that in situations like this the reasonable man’s test will be applied. For a tenure of 4 years, what is the reasonable time for a candidate to act in s statutory position without confirmation? 1 month? 6 months? 1 year? I have never seen where the court held a nominee can stay out his tenure without confirmation. Let us not make mistakes that will haunt us in future. After PMB it could be a bigger devil. He may even nominate Ibori, the convict to head efcc and not even 10 DSS reports can stop him. Think Nigerians. Think!

    • sta

      God bless you. Don’t mind the semi-illiterates blaming Dino. They can’t think. Only to spew rubbish here.

      • Chym

        Don’t blame them cos after all they voted a semi-illiterate Buhari

  • joelaw

    Won ni ki eranko oni’wo yoju, igbin na jade (asking for all hoofed animal to step out, the snail also did) nonsense. Dino Melaye is trying to imitate men of integrity, this thug should shut his trap. He is morally bankrupt and should have no mouth to say anything against Magu, in fact it is only in Nigeria or some banana republics that such a character is voted or rigged into office as senator. The citizens know fully well, the senate chamber is filled with Gambinos of this world. There is hardly anyone there that is clean or not answering to efcc, so what does one expect. i personally have no respect for our senators who consume such a huge amount of money as salaries and allowances for doing nothing. Most go about collecting brown envelops all over the place in the name of carrying out oversight functions. May the Lord trouble those that trouble our country., may He trouble Dino. Leave Magu alone, the citizens are behind him.

    • Chym

      If you like write yariba and curse Malaye it won’t change anything cos Maggot is a goner. Hang yourself

      • joelaw

        Birds of the same feather indeed.

        • Chym

          On truth bro

  • Parliamentari

    @disqus_mmM0CaVW1C:disqus

    How people of Kogi West under-developed Nigeria

    The presence of a creature like DINO MELAYE in parliamentary chambers as a Senator is a tragedy of our times.
    The people of Kogi West zone will go down in history as contributing a great deal to the decline and fall of Nigeria.
    Here is a boy (Dino Melaye) who has no clear thinking ability and makes up for it by rabble-rousing and thuggery.
    Right now he can’t even interpret Senate Rules applying to Senate rejection of Ibrahim Magu as EFCC Chairman.
    The dunderhead Dino Melaye cited Order 131 applying only to nominees who were neither rejected nor confirmed.
    Illiteracy is a disease only when it is confessed in public but becomes a terminal illness when it is concealed in coat and tie.

    • 55Noble

      Nigerians don’t know anything about democracy. They don’t even know how to
      vote. Just go and queue with Nigerians on national Election Day. You will see
      that democracy cannot work in Nigeria. Nigerians just come out of their homes in
      bad rural smells like bush rats to queue and vote anyhow, since they don’t read
      newspapers or can’t buy newspapers to know the candidates on offer, or make any
      intelligent choice. So, the point you are making should apply to the whole of Nigeria
      not only to people of Kogi West who voted for Dino Melaye as their representative.

      Why single out the people of Kogi
      West alone? Are they the only people who voted for an illiterate to represent
      their area? You now wrote as if only the people of Kogi West are senseless to
      vote for an illiterate. Look at the Senate very well. Mention just one person
      there out of the 109 elected Senators who can think properly.

      Oluremi Tinubu from Lagos does not think.
      Bukola Saraki from Kwara cannot think. Shehu Sani from Kaduna cannot think.
      Alhaji Ashaffa from Lagos is a total dunce. Peter Nwabosh from Delta North can’t
      think.Nobody there has shown any ability to think properly. In fact a good few forged
      school certificates and are now facing eviction from the chambers and facing criminal
      proceedings for perjury.

    • Chym

      Reason like a normal human being for once, what’s wrong with your brain?

  • Olatubosun

    Gbe nu e sohun jare…..
    You don’t know what you are saying….. Melaye or what do you call your Useless name

    • Acting Citizen of Nigeria

      Only you, 7 different comments. All of them barely a sentence. And all to insult the highest law-making body of your country, a country you insist must not be divided? What is wrong with us?

      Go back and read everything you wrote and see if any of these 7 comments makes sense.

      I don’t know if you’ve heard about, or read the book – Animal Farm. As bad as the senate is, if Buhari uses people like you to destroy that most powerful arm of Nigeria government, same way Napoleon of the Animal Farm destroyed Snowball, Nigeria would be effectively finished. If Magu was confirmed that day and (God forbids) he died the day after, are you saying nobody else would be found in Nigeria that can deal mercilessly with any corrupt senators and others?

      • Chym

        Don’t mind the dunce fellow

  • Olatubosun

    Magu is capable

  • Olatubosun

    You are rejecting him bcos you know that he is active…

    And he might expose your loot…

    Eyin Ole wonyin

  • Olatubosun

    Weather you like it or not magu will be efcc chairman

    • Chym

      Sorry he can’t so better jump into lagoon near you

  • Olatubosun

    Legislatives are the main problem of our country.
    These legislators are do not want progress for our beloved country

  • Olatubosun

    Legislators only concern for their pockets nothing concern them about the grievances of the people

  • Olatubosun

    You these thieves

  • Mama Kay

    Mr thief, no the president should still nominate Magu because if he allows the kleptomaniacs in the senate to intimidate nominees, then the fight against corruption is lost forever.

    I hope local politicians are observing the shenanigans going on in the NASS and must not nominate thieves to represent the people ever again. Every aspiring candidate should be cleared by EFCC before INEC puts the name on the ballot paper.

    Enough of thieves representing the people.

  • musa aliyu

    Hear this hoodlum!

  • Suleiman Alatise

    No, Mr ledgislooter, we know that there are thousands of others, even millions, but the truth is that, no one will be allowed to function effectively even if they are brought from the moon.

  • Abdulkadir

    Mr. Melaye appear to think that Nigerian law is what the Senate decide it is. They have a responsibility, but it not interpreting the law. If he feels aggrieved on an issue of interpretation, the right place to head to is the judiciary. The rules of the Senate are not written on stone, and more so are not binding on the executive and of course the President. They are modified from time to time to suit the situation of the time, like when it was bent for Saraki to emanate the Senate President. Magu will remain the head of the foremost anti corruption body, and there is nothing anyone can do about that.

    • JOHN

      You are recommending corruption, illegality and abuse of our constitution. The senate have the constitutional responsiblity to deny any nominee confirmation. Most of those opposed to the senate on this issue are talking out gross ignorance of the truth of the matter. Magu does not have the integrity to head efcc. Period.

      • Chym

        Don’t mind the dunce

    • Chym

      Dunce

  • Donald

    You guys are just fooling yourselves you sit in the comfort of your house and talk nonscence…magu is gone and gone forever buhari should choose another person. Aftrall we had elrufai who made the best perfomance.

  • Donald

    Sorry Ribadu not elrufai

  • Julius

    Smdh, look at the people rejecting nominees …of all people this man dey talk. Na wa oo !! He will be in jail in a country that follows the rule of law that he is talking about. Nonsense !

    • Chym

      Go and hang Maggot has been rejected

      • Julius

        Is that how you talk to your father ? Moron !

        • Chym

          Shut up motherfucker

  • Patriot01

    Kogi people,u have the right to exercise your franchise in the next election & be wise next time.

    • Chym

      What about a visionless certificateless incompetent Buhari?

      • Patriot01

        His keg will be full, for now we r talking about Dino.

        • Voice Out

          But one precedes the other

  • Al

    How I wishes Hamid Ali of custom and magu will switch positions and see them jumping from frying pan to fire

    • Dawood

      NICE TRY, MR. THIEF, DINO MALAISE. YOU CAN TAKE THIS TO THE BANK: MAGU WILL REMAIN AT EFCC, AND YOU WILL CONSTANTLY SEE HIM IN YOUR SWEATY DREAMS UNTIL HE PUTS THAT UNIFORM ON YOUR THIEVING ASS. YOU’VE POKED THE BEAR, OLE. NOW WAIT FOR THE CONSIQUENCE.

    • OJERINDE, Olatunde A.

      I bet, no one in that Senate will have a pleasant night rest for the rest of their life.

  • vay

    A buffalo in government……..

    • Chym

      Shut up dunce

      • vay

        Go to argue with ur ancestors if melaye ain’t a buffalo…. Twat

        • Chym

          Buffoon. Malaye is one of the upright men standing in today’s irredeemable Nigeria

          • vay

            So Ur principal melaye( the buffalo) is one of upright man in “irredeemable Nigeria”.. It doesn’t take a sensible person to know you n your principal Melaye the buffalo should be in a prison. So what’s is Ur principal’s contribution to “irredeemable Nigeria”? Isn’t it obvious, it is to totally send it to oblivion by ur principal, melaye the buffalo and his principal theif Saraki.

          • Chym

            Cry me a river, as Tinubu failed to unseat Saraki you shall also fail. Remember how Malaye shut Tinubu wife mouth in the senate house, let her talk any how again now

          • OJERINDE, Olatunde A.

            My dear, even the devil has his fans. So, who is surprise you are what you are? Maybe you.

          • Chym

            Go and hang, senate is on track

  • tennyjp

    Magu Explains DSS Allegations To President Buhari

    Embattled acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu has responded to a query served to him by Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari.

    See his response below as obtained :
    EFCC/EC/JUS/07/263 21st December, 2016
    THE HONOURABLE ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION
    & MINISTER OF JUSTICE
    Federal Ministry of Justice,
    Shehu Shagari Way,
    Abuja.
    RE: REQUEST FOR COMMENTS
    RE: REPORT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE SERVICES
    I most respectfully refer to your letter referenced HAGF/EFCC/2016/Vol.1/23 dated 19th December, 2016, asking me to respond within 48 hours to the allegations contained in a report written by the Department of State Service, DSS, and which provided the basis for the non-consideration of my confirmation on December 15, 2016, by the Senate.
    2. Having carefully considered all the issues, I hereby present a point-by-point response as follows:
    i. Missing EFCC Files
    It is true that my residence was searched on the orders of Mrs. Farida Waziri, shortly after she succeeded Mallam Nuhu Ribadu as Chairman of the EFCC and some documents relating to cases under investigation were found in my house. At the time of the raid, I was yet to formally hand over to my successor, Umar Sanda, as head of the Economic Governance Unit.
    My schedule at the time warranted that I work round the clock and it was impossible to conclude all assignments without working at home. The documents found in my house were actually found in my office bag where I kept documents relating to investigations. I was in the process of handing over and it would be wrong to suggest that I willfully kept the Commission’s files at home.
    Nevertheless, the incident was thoroughly investigated by the police as I was placed on suspension without pay for 20 months. But in the end, I was reprimanded, recalled and promoted to Assistant Commissioner of Police.
    It is important sir, to draw your attention to the fact that some of us that worked closely with Ribadu were victimized after his exit. And my ordeal was orchestrated as punishment for being the chief investigative officer for most of the high profile cases involving politically exposed persons some of whom became very influential in government at the time.
    ii. Return to EFCC under Lamorde
    I was Assistant Commissioner of Police in Charge of Operations at the Anambra State Police Command when I was recalled to the EFCC in 2012. I did not lobby to return to the EFCC. It is preposterous for anyone to suggest that I was recalled to do a hatchet job for Lamorde as alleged in the DSS Report. My job schedule as Deputy Director, Department of Internal Affairs, under Lamorde, was simply handling issues of professional responsibility in the Commission. I had no inputs in core operations duties of the Commission.
    iii. Tenancy of My Official Residence
    I live in the official residence of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). This accommodation, contrary to the report of the DSS is not my private home, neither was it rented and furnished for me by Commodore Umar Mohammed (rtd). It was rented and furnished by the Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory through the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, under the safe house scheme.
    It is also false that the house was rented for N20million per annum and furnished for N43million. The entire cost for both two-year rent and the furnishing of the house is N39.628million.
    Details of the transaction are contained in the contract award letter and payment schedule which are attached to this letter.
    iv. Expensive Air Travels
    Honourable Minister, the claim that I have a penchant for expensive air travels in a private jet belonging to Commodore Mohammed is baseless The two times I can recall travelling in Commodore Umar’s aircraft, were on a trip from Kano to Abuja, and Abuja to Maiduguri. In the first instance, I had gone to Kano on an official assignment with two of my directors, and Mohammed who was on his way back to Abuja offered us a ride in his jet. The second occasion was when I was going to see my sick mother in Maiduguri. These, for me, were harmless gesture as we were both members of the presidential investigative committee on arms procurement. At the time I had no knowledge that he was under investigation for any alleged crimes.
    Claims that I flew in Mohammed’s jet to Maiduguri in company of the Managing Director of Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonkwo is false. I have never flown in a private aircraft with any managing director of any bank let alone one that was under investigation by my agency. I have no personal relationship whatsoever with him.
    v. High Profile/Dual Lifestyle
    The allegation that I live a flamboyant lifestyle is also surprising to me. While it is true that I did travel first class on Emirates Airline to Saudi Arabia for Umrah, this action to the best of my knowledge, did not contravene the directive of Mr. President on First Class travels as suggested by the DSS Report.
    My trip to Saudi Arabia was a private journey to perform my religious obligation and it was not financed with public funds. More importantly, my decision to fly first class was not borne out of quest for luxury but compelled by necessity. The trip was made during the last ten days of the Ramadan and other classes of ticket were not availbale.I had no other choice
    That I flew first class in one instance is not enough evidence to suggest an extravagant lifestyle as alleged by the DSS Report. It is also not enough to suggest a dual personality. Any one that has associated closely with me will attest to the fact that I am not known for ostentatious living. And my new office as acting chairman of the EFCC has not changed this.
    vi. Mutually Beneficial Relationship with Commodore Mohammed Umar (rtd)
    Sir, it is important to situate my relationship with Commodore Mohammed Umar (rtd), in proper perspective. Our paths crossed when we became members of the Presidential Committee on the investigation on arms procurement. He was instrumental in getting some of the information that helped the committee to make significant breakthrough in its assignment.
    Beyond that, the relationship between Umar and myself is one of professional acquaintance, devoid of issues of conflict of interest. So, it comes to me with shock, the imputation by the DSS that we have a “mutually beneficial relationship”. This appears suggestive that Mohammed and I were involved in activities that could be said to be untoward. I certainly have no knowledge of such activities.
    The claim that EFCC documents, including EFCC letters addressed to the Vice President and being investigation reports on the activities of Emmanuel Kachikwu and his brother Demebi Kachikwu, were found in his home during a search by the DSS came to me as a surprise. If that is correct, he should be made to disclose how he came by such documents. I never discussed my official duties with him let alone give him documents pertaining to investigations being conducted by the Commission.
    Interestingly, Mohammed was detained for several months by the DSS. In all those months, did he claim that I mandated him to commit any crime or that I was an accomplice to any crime? If there is any such claim, I will wholeheartedly like to be confronted with the allegation.
    It is interesting to note that when Mohammed was eventually charged to court, the charges against him were money laundering and illegal possession of firearms, and nothing related to my purported “shady” relationship with him.
    vii. Perceived Reluctance to Arraign Vice Marshall Adesola Amosun
    The DSS Report that the reason EFCC delayed the arraignment of a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Adesola Amosun, was because Mohammed never wanted Amosun to be prosecuted is astonishing. Anyone familiar with the EFCC under my watch knows that I perform my duties with the highest sense of responsibility. The reason Amosun was not arraigned when the likes of Alex Badeh and Umar were arraigned was because he cooperated with the Commission in terms of assisting the process of recovering the proceeds of crime.
    Indeed, among the suspects arrested over the arms procurement scandal, he was most cooperative. The Commission recovered N2.835billion cash from him, aside from property worth One Billion Five Hundred and Eighty One Million Naira (N1,581, 000, 000), Two Million One Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars ($2,150, 000) and One Million Pounds Sterling (£1, 000, 000).
    Since a key focus of the investigation was to recover as much proceeds of crime as possible, the Commission took its time to ensure it had recovered what was possible before arraigning the suspect in court. This had nothing to do with the wish of any individual. Moreover, the suspect has since been arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction.
    viii. Alleged Vendetta Against Stanley Lawson
    The suggestion by the DSS Report that Stanley Lawson, a former Group Executive Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was placed on a watch list, to settle scores with him is strange. It may interest you to know that I do not know Stanley Lawson personally and could not be settling personal scores by framing somebody that I do not know.
    Lawson’s encounter with the EFCC is in relation to the investigation into the mismanagement of $118million public funds for electioneering campaign involving former petroleum resources minister, Diezani Alison Madueke. It was discovered that he made payment of $25million into Fidelity Bank and also facilitated the purchase of Ogeyi Place Le Meridien Hotel in Port Harcourt for Mrs. Alison Madueke, for which he collected Ninety Four Million Five Hundred and Sixteen Thousand Naira (N94, 516,000) as commission. Lawson was arrested and he made a refund of the N94.5million traced to him. He was never placed on any watch list.
    ix. Work through Police Cronies in EFCC
    I do not understand what the report meant by working with cronies. If what was implied is that I have preferred officers that I work with and who go about their work in unethical manner, my response is that nothing of such exists in the EFCC. Officers who work with me know that the easiest way to lose your job is to be found to be involved in unethical or corrupt activities. Indeed, when I assumed office as acting chairman, my first action was to return police officers with integrity issues back to the Nigeria Police Force. If the DSS finds that there are police officers in the EFCC who are working closely with me and have properties that their incomes cannot support, the Service is at liberty to expose them.
    3. Conclusion
    Honourable Minister, Sir, I invite you to take notice of the fact that the DSS authored two separate vetting reports on me, one referenced SV.114/3 addressed to the Clerk of the National Assembly and the other referenced SV.114/3 addressed to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate). Both letters were dated 3rd October, 2016, and signed by the same Officer, Folashade Bello, on behalf of the Director General. While one of the reports advised the senate against my confirmation, the other asked it to favourably consider my confirmation. The two reports emanating from the same agency raises questions of sincerity and motive.
    You will want to find out why they came up with two conflicting reports on the same subject on the same day.
    It is important to note that in all this, I was not given the opportunity of fair hearing.
    Above all sir, I am persuaded by my conviction in my innocence that in all the issues supposedly raised against me, no one has accused me of receiving gratification to act against my conscience or the interest of the country.
    I have attached to this letter all supporting documents and materials that would enable you arrive at fair position on all the issues raised.
    4. Be assured of my usual respect and highest consideration.
    IBRAHIM MAGU
    Ag. EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

  • JOHN

    Some people have turn this forum to a forum where they express their gross ignorance on the facts of the subject matter and therefore just abuse and have not decorum for constituted authority. Melaye have proven to be fearless and have national interest in his activities at the senate.

    • Salmanu Gwarzo

      National interest indeed

    • Akamo

      may God help my country

  • fearless

    Where the Senate power of confirmation of substantive nominees of Mr President for appointment has ended, the President’s power of nominating and renominating for appointment just started!!! S171 of the 1999 constitution as amended!!! Thus, any Senate rule that is inconsistent with any provision of this Section is void to the extent of the inconsistency….
    ###ccDino Melaye for the attention of the NASS!!!

    • Chym

      You’re an imbecile. Spit!

  • thusspokez

    Order 131 of the Senate Rules states that “nominations neither confirmed nor rejected during the session or within 21 working days in the case of Ministerial nominees shall be returned by the clerk to the National Assembly to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and shall not again be made to the Senate by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

    in the case of Ministerial nominees”, stúpid senator!

    Mr Magu’s nomination was not for ministerial job, so order 131 cannot apply in his case.

  • thusspokez

    Mr. Melaye, who said that Mr. Magu did not impress anybody including those Senators who would have been sympathetic to his cause during the confirmation hearing in the Senate, urged President Buhari to look for a replacement and avoid actions that may result in violation of the laws of the land.

    This is because you all owe your senate committee appointments to the Senate President [aka head of the Saraki crime family] who is the mastermind behind the rejection.

    Most of you senators are stooges of Saraki as one can deduce from the following headline:

    50 senators accompany Saraki to tribunal for corruption trial
    PremiumTimesNG September 22, 2015

    Saraki is not impressed with Mr. Magu; and being in debt to Saraki, you all fall in line an pretend that you are not impressed with Mr. Magu. Shame on you! And you Nigerian senators equate yourself with US Senators? You put yourself in the ranks as Saraki’s cooks, housemaid, chauffeurs, shoe-shiner except that Nigeria pays you billions of naira to serve Saraki .

  • Chym

    Cos they rejected your tin God? You must be insane

  • dino meleyeye, saraki’s lap dog

  • Ali abubakar Sadiq

    It seems the joker Melaye didnt really graduate from ABU Zaria. Even for lay people that arent conversant with the law can see that Order 31 of the senate rule “nominations neither confirmed nor rejected during the session or within 21 working days in the case of Ministerial nominees shall be returned by the clerk to the National Assembly to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and shall not again be made to the Senate by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria” talks about those nominated and wasnt either CONFIRMED or REJECTED in 21 working days, an entirely different scenario with the case of Magu who was rejected TWICE. Whether they confirm him or not the law allows Magu to stay on acting capacity for a period not exceeding 4 years. CORRUPT PEOPLE BE WARE…MAGU IS HERE TO STAY, AND THE MORE YOU OPPOSE HIM THE MORE YOU EXPOSE YOUR FEARS.