👤 By Danjuma Aliyu
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari held a closed door meeting with the Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen on Tuesday.
DENISAURUS News understands that the meeting took place at the State House, Abuja.
The meeting with the head of the Nigerian Federal Court comes days after the President admitted to approving the sum of $462 million (equivalent to N151,394,421,335.00) from the Excess Crude Account, ECA without the approval of the legislative arm of government.
To withdraw funds from the ECA, the President is mandated to seek approval from the National Assembly and the 36 state Houses of Assembly.
“No moneys shall be withdrawn from any public fund of the Federation, other than the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation unless the issue of those moneys has been authorised by an Act of the National Assembly,” Section 80 (3) and (4) of the 1999 Constitution reads.
The President is said to have authorised the release of the money so as to secure 12 Super Tucano aircraft from the United States government.
This explanation was contained in a letter President Buhari, 75, sent to the House of Representatives and was read by the Speaker in the green chamber.
President Buhari’s approval of the money for aircraft expected to be delivered in 2020, given without legislative backing is a clear breach of Section 80 (3) and (4) of the 1999 Constitution – an act that can cause the 75-year-old to be impeached.
Leading social activists are calling on the Senate to probe the matter and take a decisive action immediately.
President Buhari has declared his intention to run for a second term in office. But, the former Military dictator has lost much of the good will that brought him into power in 2015.
Critics have accused him of being slow in reacting to the herdsmen crisis.
Nigeria’s commander-in-chief has also lost grounds in the fight against corruption. Despite, a lot of media hype, no Politically Exposed Person has been convicted since 2015.
Many cases of corruption remain pending at court. The Chief Justice previously noted that special courts should be set up for hearing corruption cases.
Back then, Justice Onnoghen argued that special courts can help to fast-track corruption and financial crime cases. But, the Executive has not set up any of such courts.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC one of two agencies mandated to fight corruption has a corrupt boss.
EFCC sources have provided much expose to DENISAURUS News on Ibrahim Mustafa Magu.
This newspaper was the first to exclusively report Nigeria’s suspension from the Egmont Group.
Mr Magu, the acting chairman of the EFCC, who is described as a perennial offender, was accused of leaking confidential information to media allies.
The corrupt Borno born Police Officer was recently promoted as a Commissioner, another story that was first reported on this website.
Staff of the anti-corruption agency have often alluded to the complicity and the corrupt act of Mr Magu, as the reason for the failures in the corruption fight.
This view is also shared by the Department of State Security Services, DSS who wrote an indicting report against Mr Magu,
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Consequently, on December 16 2016 and March 15, 2017, Mr Magu’s nomination as the fourth substantive chairman of the anti-graft agency was rejected by the Senate.