Senators Dino Melaye and Ali Ndume were very cloes to exchanging punches today at the senate over the confirmation of Ibrahim Magu, the leader of the Economic and financial crimes commission (EFCC).
Politics Nigeria learnt that the senators had an altercation in the office of the senate president, Bukola Saraki, and dragged it on to the entrance of the Senate chamber.
Ndume is said to be in support of the confirmation of Magu, Melaye is vehemently opposing it. It should be recalled that Ndume and Magu are both indigenes of Borno State. Investigations reveal that some senators are in support of an open screening of Magu in today’s plenary session, some are opposed it, saying that Magu and 4 other officals of the anti-graft agency should be referred to the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption for screening.
Magu who has been at the National Assembly since early Thursday morning is said to be tense and is being accommodated in the office of the Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate) to the President, Senator Ita Enang.
Below is a document detailing the confirmation proceedings and the committee in charge;
PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION
1. Committee on Public Account. Sen. Andy Uba (Anambra South) -That the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Public Account on the Screening of the Nomination of Mr. Anthony Mkpe Ayine for Appointment as the Auditor-General of the Federation.
2. Conference Committee Report
National Assembly Budget and Research Office (Est, etc) Bill, 2016 (SB. 222) Sen. Emmanuel Paulker (Bayelsa Central) -That the Senate do consider the Conference Committee Report on the National Assembly Budget and Research Office (EM, etc) Bill 2016 (SO. 222).
Confirmation of nomination -That the Senate do consider the request of Mr. President C-in-C for the Confirmation of the nomination of the following for Appointment as Chairman and members of the Economic and Financial Crimes commission (MCC) in accordance with Section 2 (J) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act 2003.
Sen. Ali Ndume (Senate leader)
Ibrahim Magu – Chairman
Nda sule Moses – Member
Lawan Mamman – Member
Galadanci Imam S. – Member
Adeleke Rafiu – Member