Senate Probes Resumption Of NHRC Boss Without Confirmation

The Senate is asking its Committee on Judiciary Human Rights and Legal Matters to immediately open investigation into the circumstances surrounding the alleged resumption of the Executive Secretary of National Human Rights Commission, {NHRC}, Mr Tony Ojukwu, without confirmation from the Senate.

This decision by the Senate follows a Point of Order from Senator Dino Melaye, who is drawing the attention of the Senate to how the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubarka Mallami allegedly ordered Mr Ojukwu to resume office which he says is in contravention of the Civil Service Rules and the Act establishing the commission.

Senator Melaye says the action by the AGF is an affront to the Senate.

He is, therefore, calling on the Senate to henceforth disqualify appointees who resume without confirmation from the Senate.

The Senate also warns against the practice of appointees of government resuming office without Senate confirmation and is asking the AGF to ensure that this practice does not reoccur.