- EFCC Can’t Arrest Nigerians If Magu Remains In Office
Activist lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has faulted the argument that the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu can continue in acting capacity despite being rejected by the Senate as substantive chairman of the anti-graft agency, stating that the anti-graft agency is too sensitive to be headed by a rejected candidate.
Speaking in a statement forwarded to daily post on Friday, the Lagos lawyer stated that the December 14 rejection of Magu by the Senate means that the operations of the EFCC after the Upper Chamber’s decision will be deemed as illegal.
He warned that if the acting EFCC chairman continues in office as acting chairman after Thursday’s development, it would give the impression that Magu has been appointed to do a hatchet job, stressing that his continued stay in office after the rejection would make the EFCC unable to institute court cases or arrest any citizen.
The statement, which averred that President Muhammadu Buhari can find a better replacement for Magu out of the about 180 million Nigerians, reads:
The rejection of Mr Ibrahim Magu by the Senate as the substantive chairman of the EFCC is received with mixed feelings.
First, it reasserts the independence of the Legislative arm of government, which is not bound to accept all proposals and candidates of the executive, hook line and sinker.
Second, it is wrong to build our institutions, especially the anti corruption agencies, around individuals. We should strengthen the institutions rather than the individuals. In this regard, the rejection of Mr Magu should have no impact upon the work of the EFCC, ordinarily. In a country of about 180 million people, the President should shop for a replacement that can perform the job as much or even better than Mr Magu.
Third, the anti corruption agencies, especially the EFCC, need a general overhaul, which can only be achieved through a new man on the saddle. The issues plaguing the EFCC, of disregard for the rule of law, of corruption, abuse of human rights, leading to constant but avoidable deaths of citizens in EFCC custody, obnoxious bail conditions as a means of keeping citizens in custody for longer periods of time, extortion and torture of suspects, are some of the reasons why there is need for a new hand that can overhaul the agency.
Fourth, the senate based its decision on security report, which is now in the public domain and in that regard the senate cannot be faulted.
The issues raised in the report of the DSS in relation to Magu cannot be overlooked, as in similar or less weighty circumstances, the EFCC, under Magu, has preferred criminal charges against such suspects, followed with media blitz. After all, the reason that the Hon Just Ofili Ajumogobia is in court facing trial is for her inability to account for her lavish possessions. If an ex policeman is living in a luxurious N40m apartment and cruising in private jets, he should be put on trial in the dock, as he has done to others.
We cannot have such weighty allegations of corrupt enrichment hanging over a man who is to investigate and prosecute others.
Prior to Mr Magu’s appointment, a serious allegation of corruption was made against his predecessor in office, but we have never heard of any effort made by the EFCC since Magu took over, on that case.
Quite apart from all the above, the utterances of Magu, in relation to presumption of guilt of suspects, are rather uncouth, reckless and unfit for a public officer of his ranking.
Generally, anti corruption agencies require leaders with sound knowledge of law and due process. The tenure of Mr Magu as acting chairman of efcc has been marked with too much controversies, such that it may be necessary to relieve him of such conflicts. Having worked with the efcc in the past, was tried and removed and then brought back in very controversial circumstances, surely it stands to reason that his leadership as substantive chairman, may throw the agency deeper into controversies.
Now I’ve read some opinions suggesting that Mr Magu will remain in acting capacity, despite his rejection by the senate. Once the president has presented a candidate to the senate for confirmation and the candidate has been rejected, such a candidate cannot function in office in acting capacity again, as that would give the impression that Magu was picked for a hatchet job. Also, the Efcc is too sensitive to be headed by a rejected candidate.
It would mean simply that the operations of the EFCC have become illegal, after December 14, when the senate rejected Magu.
It can no longer file charges in court or indeed arrest any citizen.
This should be avoided and I urge the President to present another candidate to the senate for confirmation.
University Of Ibadan (UI) Goes Digital, Releases Timetable for Virtual Academic Session
University of Ibadan (UI) on Friday announced it is going ahead with resumption on February 20 despite the second wave of COVID-19.
In a statement released by the school, the First Semester of the 2020/2021 academic session will commence virtually on February 20, 2021.
The virtual academic session will last for 13 straight weeks and end on Friday May 12, 2021, while the matriculation ceremony will hold on Tuesday March 16, 2021.
The University of Ibadan also scheduled one week for the Finalization of Continuous Assessment, to begin from Mon. 17 May and ends Friday 21 May.
The rising number of COVID-19 cases has compelled the Senate to approve the virtual academic session in an effort to ensure the tertiary institution abides by the protocols established by the Federal Government to curb the spread of the pandemic.
“It, therefore, agreed that the 2020/2021 First Semester lectures will be delivered online. In this regard, students will not be accommodated on campus,” a statement from the school said.
“Senate also approved the cancellation of the 2019/2020 session. The next session is, therefore, renamed 2020/2021 Academic Session. Consequently, students who have been admitted for the 2019/2020 session will now be regarded as the 2020/2021 intakes.
“Kindly note that online opening of Registration Portal and Orientation Programme for the 2020/2021 intakes may commence ahead of the Sat 20/02/21 date indicated above,” the statement said.
House of Representatives Impeached Trump Over Capitol Invasion
The United States House of Representatives on Wednesday impeached President Trump for the second time after instigating the US Capitol invasion.
Led by Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, 232 representatives, including 10 Republicans, voted to impeach the outgoing president against 197 that voted for him to remain in the office for the next six days when he would handover to the president-elect, Joe Biden.
The ten Republicans were Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the party’s No. 3 leader in the House; Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington; John Katko of New York; Adam Kinzinger of Illinois; Fred Upton of Michigan; Dan Newhouse of Washington; Peter Meijer of Michigan; Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio; David Valadao of California; and Tom Rice of South Carolina.
Speaking before the vote, Pelosi said “a constitutional remedy that will ensure that the Republic will be safe from this man who is so resolutely determined to tear down the things that we hold dear and that hold us together.”
“He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love,” she said, adding later, “It gives me no pleasure to say this — it breaks my heart.”
Republicans, who unanimously stood behind president Trump in 2019 during his first impeachment, were divided this time over the attack on Capitol.
A Republican representative from California, Kevin McCarthy, said “The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters,” Mr. McCarthy said. “He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.”
US Congress Declares Joe Biden as The 46th President of The United States After Trump Mob Left
The joint congress of the United States on Thursday, January 7, 2021 certified Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States following President Trump’s mob action that disrupted the congress joint proceeding on Wednesday.
After ordering his followers to disrupt proceedings on Wednesday, President Trump later announced that there will be an orderly transition on January 20.
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said in a statement issued by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino.
“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!” Trump added.
While the certification was just a mere formality as Biden had secured enough electoral college votes (270) required to clinch the world’s most powerful seat, the refusal of Donald Trump to accept the results of the November 2020 election made the session a keenly watched, especially after Trump mob disrupted a joint session of the Senate.
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