Nigeria: Court Gives Bawa And Senate 30 Days

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A legal battle is currently on-going at the Federal High Court in Abuja over the nomination of Abdulrasheed Bawa as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The reported that a legal practitioner, Osuagwu Ugochukwu, instituted the legal action challenging the nomination of Bawa to head the commission.

Bawa’s nomination may be setaside if he fails to prove that he is qualified to head the EFCC.

The lawyer asked the court to determine if Bawa is qualified to be appointed chairman of the anti-graft agency.
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He also wants the court to determine whether the Senate is competent in law to confirm the appointment of Bawa, who he argued is deemed to fall short of the requirement of sections of the Act establishing the EFCC.
The court has given the Senate and Bawa 30 days to prove why the appointment should be sustained.

It is reported that the Nigerian Senate has been served with a court document regarding the suit.

Meanwhile, Ibrahim Magu has reacted to the appointment of Abdulrasheed Bawa as his successor by President Muhammadu Buhari, with the embattled former anti-graft czar describing the development as shocking.

Bawa, a 40-year-old trained EFCC prosecutor, was on Tuesday, February 16, appointed the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a letter addressed to the Nigerian Senate.

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