“We are pleased with this judgment and we want to salute Nigeria’s judiciary for always rising up to the occasion to protect our democracy and deepen our democratic processes.”

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi, said this in Abuja while announcing that a Federal High Court had ruled that the upper chamber of the National Assembly had the powers to confirm or reject the appointment of Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Sabi-Abdullahi made a copy of the ruling available to journalists.

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The Senate had rejected Magu’s appointment bases on a report by the Department of State Services which disqualified him.

The lawmakers had also placed an embargo on confirmation of appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari which required legislative approval, to protest against Presidency’s position that some appointments did not require Senate’s approval.

Sabi-Abdullahi stated that the embargo would remain until Magu is replaced.

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