We’re waiting for Buhari’s memo on Magu, says Senate

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President Muhammadu Buhari has not approached the National Assembly for the confirmation of Acting Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Chairman Ibrahim Magu, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, said on Thursday.

Lawan spoke when a delegation of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) visited him at the National Assembly, Abuja.

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He was responding to PACAC Chairman Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), who in his remarks craved the cooperation of the upper chamber in ensuring Magu’s confirmation, as well as the consideration of several Anti-corruption Bills introduced under the Eight National Assembly.

Sagay also told the Senate leadership that his committee had received complaints that members of the National Assembly, particularly Chairmen of Committees, solicit monetary compensation for undertaking oversight functions.

On the request for Magu’s confirmation, Lawan said: “Going by our rules, any issue that was not concluded in the lifetime of the Eight National Assembly would have to start all over again.

“As far as we are concerned, those bills would have to come again and go through the process from the very beginning. We are prepared to begin work on them if the bills are ready.

On Magu, he said: “There’s no request before this Ninth Senate for the confirmation of the Chairman of the EFCC. This is a new Senate and therefore, until there’s a request to this Senate, there’s nothing it can do.

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“I want to assure you that if any of such requests come from the President, we will play our part in the confirmation and passing of legislation accordingly.

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