The Senate on Thursday barred him from office the Director General, National Lottery Regulatory Commission. The Senate took the decision on the ground that his appointment was effected without due process.
The decision which was taken through order 43 of the Senate rules raised by the Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan, confirmed that the DG has actually resumed office and was discharging responsibilities in that capacity without confirmation from the parliament.
The Senate leader who was tasked to investigate the matter on Wednesday reported that the embattled DG was misadvised, adding that he was desperate to occupy the office in substantive capacity.
He said: “Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, I have investigated the matter thoroughly and discovered that the Lottery Commission DG has assumed office.
“I can also tell you that he was misadvised and as well very desperate to assume that office without the process of passing through Senate as required by law.”
He however explained that the Executive has apologized, saying: “The Acting SGF apologised and pleaded for leniency, promising such a thing will not happen again.
“I also told the SGF the DG should not be seen close to that office until the right thing is done.”
Responding, Senate President, Bukola Saraki then affirmed that the DG remain banned from office till further development.