Certificate Scandal: Fed Lawmaker Admonishes Melaye

Certificate Scandal: Fed Lawmaker Admonishes Melaye

Monday, April 3, 2017 4:53 pm

Dino in an academic gown at the lobby of the National Assembly.

Jamiu Yisa

A member of House of Representatives representing Mainland constituency, Jide Jimoh has condemned Senator Dino Malaye’s attitude towards his alleged certificate scandal.

The lawmaker who stated this during a chat with our correspondent, while responding to issues that borders on the National Assembly, described his action as rather unfortunate.

”Dino Melaye’s response to the issue was arrogant. I believe we should be humble in whatever we are doing. Why is he singing that some people would be dealt with, that is too derogatory,” he said.

He said further that the Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu is permitted with president’s prerogative power to act in such capacity.

The lawmaker said section 2 (3) of the EFCC act is clear on the issue that there is nothing like screening of chairman of the EFCC Commission.

“It says President of Federal Republic shall nominate chairman of EFCC and members of the commission subject to the approval of Senate. Now that Magu has been disapproved by the Senate, It cannot be referred to as substantive EFCC chairman, and it cannot stop him from performing his roles acting. Senate has no right to do anything in Magu’s acting capacity, it is the President Muhammadu Buhari’s prerogative right to put in there,” he averred.

Jimoh stressed that the refusal of the Senate to screen 27 REC officers does not mean that Senate will not do something.

“They only stepped down the screening of 27 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs), so let us wait after two weeks before responding on this issue. Senate are not unions because only union that can give conditions,” he said.

He added that ?only the judiciary can interpret and clarify issue on refusal of Senate to approve EFCC chairman.

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