Drama as Saraki Set To Order Arrest of Buhari’s Minister


1 Jul 2016

Drama as Saraki Set To Order Arrest of Buhari’s Minister

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Senate President, Bukola Saraki led Senate has on Thursday, June 30, said that the Red Chamber would soon be forced to issue a warrant of arrest against the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for his refusal to honour their invitation.

This came as the Minister declined for the second time to appear before the senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters.

The minister stated that the Senate did not appoint him and, therefore, lacked the jurisdiction to summon him.

The Senate fired back by stating that it may be forced to issue a warrant of arrest against the AGF, for his refusal to honour its invitation.

The Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution, attached to the Federal Ministry of Justice, Okoi Obono-Obla, who represented the AGF, was walked out of the meeting room.

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The Senate had on Tuesday, invited Malami to appear before it to explain why he charged to court Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, for alleged forgery of Senate Rule.

Saraki, Ekweremadu and two others were arraigned at a Federal High Court, Abuja on Monday to answer charges of alleged forgery of the 2015 Standing Rule of the Senate.

The upper chamber resolved to invite Malami to explain why he allegedly reopened the alleged forgery case against Saraki and others, when a court of competent jurisdiction had struck it out.

Before Obono-Obla was asked to leave the room, he told the committee members that they lacked the jurisdiction to summon the AGF, because the Senate cannot be a judge in its case.

He also insisted that the AGF, who was not appointed by the Senate, cannot be answerable to the Senate.

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Obono-Obla, said the Senate was over reaching itself by creating the impression that the AGF committed a crime by charging Saraki and Ekweremadu to court.

He noted that the Senate constituted itself into a court of law by summoning the AGF on an issue that was in court.

He told reporters outside the meeting venue: “The AGF has not done anything wrong. The AGF has not undermined democracy. He acted in pursuant to his powers vested on him by the Constitution, Section 174 (1) which says he can prosecute anybody. And he has done that. The Senate is not on trial. He has not taken the Senate to court. He has taken four persons to court. They are not the Senate.

Being President of the Senate does not make you the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The matter was investigated by the police and a prima facie case was established and the AG invoked his powers under Section 174 (1) to initiate criminal proceedings against those persons. And this matter is now before a court of law. There is separation of powers in Nigeria. It is not the position of senators to constitute themselves into a court of law.

“He’s (AGF) not answerable to them. By virtue of the principle of Separation of Powers, he is answerable to the President who appointed him. And he has not done anything wrong.

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“You cannot be a judge in your own case. We don’t have confidence in the committee”.

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News Source: Post-Nigeria, 9jaTales

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