The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan on Tuesday said that the screening of the newly appointed Chairman of the EFCC would be done at plenary.
Lawan said screening the new EFCC boss in plenary was in line with the Senate tradition.
Lawan stated this on Tuesday when he read the official communication from the President seeking the Senate’s confirmation for Bawa as the substantive Chairman of the EFCC.
Meanwhile, Mr. Tosin Ojaomo, a lawyer to Magu, says his client has not yet been sacked by the President.
Ojaomo said this during an interview while reacting to the appointment of Bawa.
Ojaomo said Magu had only been suspended by the President, adding that till date, he had neither received a letter of termination nor further instruction.
He said, “Magu has not yet been sacked by the President. He was put on suspension pending the outcome of the probe by the panel. He has not yet been sacked.”
When asked if it was true that Bawa was a cousin to the AGF, Ojaomo said he was not sure but that was the widespread belief.
He, however, said it was public knowledge that Bawa was among the detectives who appeared before the Salami-led panel to give evidence against Magu.
Magu, who served as acting chairman of the EFCC from 2015 to 2020, was rejected twice by the Senate.
He was later suspended along with several others for allegedly mismanaging funds of the commission, an allegation which he vehemently denied.
The panel made several recommendations but the report has not been made public till date.
At least 10 officials of the EFCC have remained on suspension for the last six months, earning no salary while the Presidency has yet to say anything about their fate.
Besides Magu, the President also suspended the Secretary of the commission, Mr Ola Olukoyede; and eight others amid a probe into allegations of financial impropriety.
The affected persons who were nicknamed ‘Magu boys’ have not been earning salary while their fate remains hanging in the balance.
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