The Federal High Court, in Abuja, has on Wednesday, dismissed some suits seeking for the removal of Ibrahim Magu, as the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The Plaintiffs had sought for Magu’s removal, on the grounds that the Senate had twice rejected his appointment and refused to screen him, to take up the position in a Substantive capacity.
They argued that Magu, who has been Acting as the EFCC Chairman, since 2015, having been rejected by the Senate, is not fit to continue to serve in that capacity.
Delivering judgment however, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu held that there is a lacuna in the law, by not providing for the timeframe within which a person could act as EFCC Chairman.
She noted that although the lacuna ought not to be exploited to “install” Magu in Office in a Substantive capacity without the Senate’s confirmation, it had given the President as the appointor, “the proverbial yam and the knife, to do as he pleases”, with the appointment of the EFCC Chairman.