By Adenike Lucas
Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki met with President Muhammadu Buhari last night.
In a tweet, the Presidency confirmed that a meeting had taken place between both leaders at the Abuja House in London.This is the second time both of them have held such meeting in the past five days.
Senator Saraki, the Turaki of Ilorin, led a delegation of principal officers of the National Assembly which includes the “Rt Honorable Yakubu Dogara and leader of Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan” in a visit to the President Buhari on February 15.
Following the first meeting, Senator Saraki did his best to reassure Nigerians that the President was doing well.
In a tweet posted on his verified account @bukolasaraki wrote that:”We were delighted to see that President Buhari is doing well, was cheerful and in good spirits. The president I saw today is healthy, witty and himself.”
The details of yesterday’s meeting were not made available to the public, but sources say both leaders might have discussed the issue surrounding the re-presentation of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Mustafa Magu’s name to NASS.
The Senate had rejected the nomination of Mr Magu on Thursday 15, December, 2016, following an intelligence report it received from the 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 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 absence of the presiding judge, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos prevented the hearing from taking place last week.
The case hearing was scheduled to hold today, however, Mr Adegboruwa withdrew his case. He claimed that he had been persuaded to do so, so as to allow Mr Magu “scale through his confirmation at the Senate.”
EFCC sources say they “are concerned over Mr Adegoruwa’s decision to withdraw the case.
They explained that “Mr Adeboruwa had gone to court following the decision of the Senate to reject Mr Magu based on the intelligence report it received from the DSS. The DSS report is still hanging over Mr Magu’s neck.”
The rejected chairman who had to defend Commission’s 2017 budget proposal, today was lambasted by the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes.
It was discovered that the Deputry Police Commissioner, who has led the anti-graft agency for more than a year approached and secured the sum of N1.8 billion from Presidency from the Service Wide Vote without legislative approval.
Magu’s EFCC also collected another N200million from the Service Wide Vote.
According to Mr Magu, the N1.8billon was meant to settle salaries for 750 new cadets recruited into the service. He added that the N200m was for increase in the purchase of operational vehicles.
Despite a list of recoveries, there has been no conviction of any politically exposed person under Mr Magu’s stewardship.
Meanwhile, the Director General of the Department of State Security, DSS, Lawal Musa Duara who wrote the intelligence report indicting Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is standing by the claims.
Sources informed DENISAURUS NEWS that Mallam Duara is not backing down from the report that based the decision of the Senate to reject Mr Magu has the substantive chairman of the anti-graft agency.