Malami Challenges Senate Says Appearance Is Subjudice

Malami Challenges Senate Says Appearance Is Subjudice
July 13 20:36 2016 Print This Article

By Ayobami Joel, Abuja

 

Attorney General of the federation, Abubakar Malami, has told the Senate on Wednesday, that his appearance before its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters,? that his invitation is subjudice.?

Malami, while appearing before the committee to shed light on reasons why the Senate leadership is in court, he said “if any case is pending before a court of law, no other arm of government is expected to look into or take any action on it. This is why it will be prejudicial for me to make any insinuation or conclusion on the matter for now.

He stated further that as the number one law officer, he has the constitutional mandate to sustain the democratic process in line with section 174 subsection 1, saying the case that was instituted against the leadership of the senate by his office was instituted at the instance of some serving senators and it was instituted after the conclusion of police investigation.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator David Umaru, in his argument, stated that “section 62 of the 1999 constitution gives the senate the power to make rules to regulate its own proceedings, and that their mandate is not to look at the cases pending in court but events that precedes the case which are  interior and exclusive to the Senate”.?

Reacting, the AGF stated categorically that his decision was based purely on public interest and in the interest of justice which does not, however, amount to dabbling into the affairs of the senate, adding that the Senate Standing Order of 2015 as amended did not follow the standard procedure of the senate.

“The senate standing rule of 2011 was amended as a result of a senate resolution passed during plenary indicating areas that needed amendments as agreed by all but this was not case with the 2015 amendment making it necessary to institute the case”, Umaru explained.

Frontiers News earlier reported that the AGF appearance was necessitated by the alleged forgery of the Senate standing order, indicting Senate President Bukola Saraki, as well as Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who are currently standing trial at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

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