Stella Dimoko Senate plots zero allocation for EFCC


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Senate plots zero allocation for EFCC

The raging controversy between the Senate and the Presidency is yet to abate over the nomination of Mr. Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

New Telegraph’s investigations at the weekend revealed that the Senate has vowed never to reconsider Magu for confirmation for the plum job, after he failed to scale through the hurdle in the last two consecutive attempts.

A reliable source in the Senate told New Telegraph that the apex chamber had resolved to give zero allocation to the anti-graft commission in the 2017 fiscal year, if the Presidency tried to leave Magu indefinitely in acting capacity.

The commission’s 2017 budget proposal had been reduced by the Budget Office from N18.8 billion in 2016 to N17 billion, representing 8.5 per cent slash, a situation that Magu decried when he came to the National Assembly recently for budget defence.

The source further revealed that the Senate started planning for zero allocation for EFCC when it suspected that President Muhammadu Buhari might decide to resubmit Magu’s name for confirmation or quietly allow him to continue in acting capacity. New Telegraph was reliably informed that the Senate would not pass the 2017 budget in a hurry because of the Magu saga, noting that passage of the document might be put on hold for this reason.

“The Senate is waiting for the Presidency to take the next decision on Magu and then it will unfold its next plan to checkmate the excesses and dictatorial tendencies already evident in the present administration, especially within the Presidency.

“If Magu’s name is resubmitted for confirmation, I can tell you that it is dead on arrival. But if the President wants to play a fast one on the Senate, by tactically allowing him to remain in acting capacity indefinitely, then we as the representatives of the people will have no option than to apply our constitutional powers in order to defend the people.

“I can assure you, EFCC will receive zero allocation; and if they go ahead to fund the agency without the National Assembly approving such funds, then that will amount to obvious breach of the constitution, and I am sure you know the implication of that,” the source said.

Edited from New Telegraph


  1. Good morning Dearies. Why are these people taking this thing personal! What level of unobjectivity this society is so corrupt. I shouldn't start my week with these incompetent lot.
    Stella please we need headlines from dailies I really miss that segment. I may not comment after reading but I read everyone of it. Consider thanks.

  2. Haba! They really wanna deal with this man

  3. Magu Magu Magu how many times did I call you, you were selective in your dealings. Impeachment on the way.

  4. While you people are clapping, the Nigerian senate has turned itself into a tyrannical force.Dino Melaye & crooks in PDP run the show.we sure are fucked.


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