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No New Request For Ibrahim Magu’s Confirmation Before The Senate – Ahmed Lawan

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has said there has been no request before the 9th Senate for the confirmation of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

He revealed this when the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC), Itse Sagay, visited the National Assembly Complex, Abuja.

The Senate had on March 15, 2017, turned down the nomination of Mr. Magu as the substantive chairman of the EFCC because of security reports against him.

Recently, Itse Sagay made a case for the appointment of Mr. Magu as the substantive chairman of the commission.

However, Lawan has said until there is a request to the Senate, nothing can be done.

His words, “This is a new Senate and therefore, until there is a request to this Senate, there is nothing the Senate can do.

“And I want to assure you that any request that comes from Mr President is a request that will make Nigeria a better place in terms of appointments or legislation.

“And the senate will act expeditiously to ensure that we play our part in the confirmation or passing of legislation appropriately.

“You have talked about passage of anti-corruption bills, you have come to the right place but you will also do your work.

“This is a new Senate. Going by our rules and I believe that goes for the House of Representatives too, any issue that was not concluded in the last National Assembly, will have to start all over again.

“So, as far as we are concerned, those bills will have to come again and start to go through the process from the very beginning.

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“We are ready, in fact, we are in a haste if those bills are ready for us to start working on them.”

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