The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, has asked a court to dismiss an application seeking the removal of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
This is following an application by two lawyers, Ahmed Yusuf and Peter Asa, asking the court to remove Magu and restrain the Presidency from being able to forward his name a third time to the Senate.
They noted that Magu’s continued stay as EFCC’s chairman despite his rejection amounts to an attempt by the Presidency to force him on the Senate.
Reacting in an objection signed by the Solicitor-General of the Federation, Dayo Apata, Tijani Gazali and a team of lawyers, the federal government argued that the applicants have no ”locus standi” to file the motion.
The objection reads: ”We humbly submit that a perusal of all the processes in the court’s file will reveal that the plaintiffs instituted the action wrongly as they do not possess the locus standi to institute same. The plaintiffs do not have sufficient interest in the determination of this matter.
”The plaintiffs’ civil rights were not breached by the defendants. The plaintiffs did not meet the necessary pre-condition to filing this suit.”