Adegboruwa asks court to stop Magu from acting as EFCC boss

Ibrahim Magu

Ibrahim Magu

A lawyer and rights activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has urged a Federal High Court in Lagos to restrain Ibrahim Magu from parading himself as acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In his new suit filed on Monday, Adegboruwa is also asking the Senate not to entertain any further request for the confirmation of Magu as EFCC Chairman.

The defendants in the suit are The Senate, the Attorney-General of the Federation, the EFCC and Ibrahim Magu.

In a 39-paragraph affidavit deposed to by Adegboruwa, he traced the appointment of Magu back to Nov. 9, 2015, contending that he had been functioning in acting capacity as EFCC Chairman, beyond the six months allowed by law.

Adegboruwa contended in his suit that since the Senate had rejected Magu as substantive chairman of EFCC, he could not thereafter be illegally functioning in acting capacity.

Citing the provisions of Section 2 (3) of the EFCC Act, Adegboruwa argued that the section makes confirmation by the Senate, a condition precedent to the appointment of the EFCC chairman.

He argued that since the provision of section 2 (3) of the EFCC Act was activated by forwarding the nomination of Magu to the Senate, he could not defy the decision of the Senate, which rejected him for the substantive appointment.

Adegboruwa stated that notwithstanding the clear decision of the Senate not to confirm Magu, he has continued to parade himself in office as EFCC Chairman.

He said that an example of such act was when he met with representatives of the United States Embassy on Jan. 6, 2017, clearly defying the decision of the Senate.

Adegboruwa is therefore, asking the court to restrain the EFCC and all other authorities, from recognising, treating or in any other manner, dealing with Magu as the Chairman of EFCC, either in acting or substantive capacity.

He also seeks a declaration that given his conduct in office so far, he is not a fit and proper person to function in office as chairman of EFCC.

Consequently, Adegboruwa is asking the court to give an order forthwith directing Magu to vacate and relinquish his office as EFCC Chairman, whether in acting or substantive capacity.

The lawyer also wants the court to declare void, all actions taken by the EFCC under the tenure of Magu, especially charges and information preferred in court.

No date has been fixed for hearing of the new suit.

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  • koladollar

    Ibrahim Magu is the man ooooooo……Let him be…He can act on acting capacity indefinitely…….bcos no limitation or expiration for acting capacity.

    • yinka

      Who is this man? Nigeria court should not entertain this type of stupid suit. When did court become executive government to decide who gets appointment. Idiot

  • ojays

    He is trying to get at Magu bcos same took him to court earlier for corruption related offences.

  • LagosBoy

    Where was Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa when the senate president was facing CCT on false declaration of assets charge? The offence that was allegedly committed by Magu was too trivial to hinder his confirmation as EFCC chairman. With all the allegations levelled against senate president and the forgery of senate rule , he ought to have resigned to pave way for unbiased and unfettered judgment but he did not resign. The same man has now turned around to take his own pound of flesh to prove his authority over the anti-graft agency as if he is above the law. It is unfortunate that PMB has succumbed to the whims and subtlety of the senate president. Senate president now controls PMB, what a shame and what an irony of life. This is the main reason why fighting corruption will be difficult in Nigeria because corruption will always fight back and if care is not taken, corruption will win.