Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Maina Saga: AGF Malami Has No Option Than To Appear Before Us - Senate

The Nigerian Senate has asked the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, to explain why he is afraid of probe into his involvement in the reinstatement of ex-pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina.

In a statement released by the Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Publicity Affairs, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, the Red chambers said the AGF should tell Nigerians why he has been “running around the courts seeking to stop the probe” by the National Assembly.

Abdullahi said: “We are wondering what the AGF is afraid of. When he appeared before our committee, he was well received and fairly treated. He indeed expressed his happiness with the protection given to him by the committee handling the Maina case. Why then is it very important and urgent for him to stop the investigative hearing? What is the AGF trying to hide?

"Let it be known that the legislature has the power of investigation on all institutions, bodies and individuals, particularly those who access funds that have been appropriated by us. We however expressed our commendation to the judiciary for upholding the principles of separation of powers and insisting on fair hearing.

"We believe that is the reason why the judge refused to grant the prayers of the AGF yesterday and rather insisted that the National Assembly should be put on notice and served all the court processes so that we could enter our own defence.

"While we respect the position of the court and would respond accordingly, the Senate has further directed the committee investigating the Maina issue to expedite action and submit their reports on time. The Senate believes Nigerians are interested in knowing the how, who, why and where of what is now known as the Maina Gate. We definitely will not allow those who want the facts buried to prevail.”

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