The ongoing face-off between the Presidency and the Senate took a new turn as the Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami failed to appear before the Senate Committee Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters.
The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said the Senate lacks the power to summon him for questioning. He said that the Senate did not appoint him and therefore lacks the jurisdiction to summon him.
The Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution attached to the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla, who showed up at the venue of the hearing to represent the AGF, was walked out of the room.
The Senate fired back that it may be forced to issue a warrant of arrest against the AGF for his refusal to honour its invitation. The altercation took place at Senate Meeting Room 3 31.3, 3rd Floor, New Senate Building, National Assembly Complex.
Recall that last Tuesday, the senate had summoned Abubakar Malami, but he failed to honour the invitation. He had written the senate on 23rd June, 2016, whereby he requested for an adjournment of the meeting of the committee, which was supposed to hold on Thursday, June 23, 2016, to enable him prepare his response. But he failed to show up at today’s summon.
However, condemning the action of the Attorney-General, the chairman, Senate committee on Judiciary and legal matters, David Umaru said:
“The purpose of this hearing was to defend Nigeria’s democracy but the attorney-general has faulted the invitation of the senate again.”
Commenting on the issue, a committee member, Sen.Chukwuka Utazi said:
“This is a slap in the face of the senate as the AGF has refused to appear before the committee after being summoned.”
The Senate had on Tuesday invited Malami to appear before it to explain why it became necessary for him to drag Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, to court over alleged forgery of Senate Standing Rules.