The plenary session of the Senate on Thursday, December 15, 2016 started with an Executive session that lasted almost two hours. At the end of the session, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki announced that the Chamber in a closed door session discussed issues of national interest and the request of Mr. President on the screening and confirmation of five nominees for appointment as Chairman and Members of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in accordance with Section 2 (3) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act 2003.
Sen. Saraki disclosed that the nomination of the Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu was rejected by the Senate while the other four nominees’ confirmation as Members of the EFCC Board that included Nda Sule Moses, Lawan Mamman, Galadanci Imam and Adeleke Rafiu has been referred to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) for further investigation.
Meanwhile, Sen. Dino Melaye rose on point of order 42 to draw the attention of the Senate to some recent Newspaper publications and British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Hausa Service Report in which the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir Lawan called the Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria uncharitable names in response to the Chamber’s Resolution that urged President Muhammadu Buhari to remove him from office and prosecute him for alleged criminal offences.
The Senate President in response said that a clean copy of the Senate’s Resolution on the matter would be made directly available to Mr. President for his prompt action.
Also, the Upper Legislative Chamber has sworn in three newly elected Senators to represent Rivers State in the Senate. The trio who were elected in the recently concluded Rivers States Senatorial Re-run elections conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are Sen. Magnus Abe (APC Rivers South-East), Sen. George Sekibo (PDP Rivers East) and Sen. Osinachukwu Ideozu (PDP Rivers West).
Nevertheless, the Red Chamber has observed its last session for the year 2016; the day’s sitting marked the end of the Chamber’s plenary sessions for the year. In fact the Votes and Proceedings of the session were approved by the law-makers before the Chambers announced the adjournment of its legislative session to the 10th of January, 2017.