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EFCC nominees list causes chaos in Senate

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So the list of nominees as presented by the EFCC has led to uproar and chaos as the lawmakers protest the four new members of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The members are Ndasule Moses, Lawan Mamman, Galadanci Najib and Adeleke Adebayo Rafiu.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in July 2016 written to the Senate, seeking confirmation of the nominees as members of the commission.

The bone of contention is the absence of the South-east in the nominee list as Victor Umeh (APGA, Anambra)  states that in all its recent appointment into the commission, the South-east had been marginalized.

He explained that while the acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, is from the North-east, the recently confirmed Secretary of the Commission, Olanipkekun Olukoyede, is from the South-west and two of the nominees are from the North.

He also also suggested that the report be stood down until the list is reviewed. His suggestion was supported by Eyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia).

Ali Ndume (APC, Born) on the other hand, blamed the committee for not taking note of the discrepancy before recommendation.

On his part, the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, urged the Senate to go ahead and consider the recommendations of the committee.

The chairman of the Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes, Chukwuka Utazi, had presented a report of the committee to the lawmakers.

He, thereafter, stated that the nominees are fit for the position and recommended that the Senate confirm them.