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Case Against EFCC’s Magu Stalled By Absent Judge

Denisaurus News Update: By Danjuma Aliyu and Adenike Lucas

The case against the ‘rejected’ chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC failed to get off the ground today, due to the absence of the trial judge.

On Thursday, 15 December, 2016, Mr Magu’s nomination was rejected by the Senate due to an intelligence report it received from the Department of State Security. A leading human right lawyer and activist in Lagos explained that by remaining in office, the rejected anti-graft boss, was violating section 2 (3) of the EFCC Act which made the condition of his position subject to his confirmation by the Senate.

On January, 16, 2017, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, had urged the Court to forthwith, restrain Mr Magu, from parading himself as acting chairman of the commission following the decision of the Senate to reject his nomination.

The case was to be heard at a  Federal High Court today, however, the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN reports that the case could not proceed as scheduled because of Justice Mojisola Olatoregun’s absence.


The court, later gave February 20 as a new date for the continuation of the trial.

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