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Why Senate wants AGF arrested

BY Chris Burns, Abuja

The Nigerian Senate has threatened to arrest the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami for his refusal to appear before the upper legislative chambers.
The Attorney General had twice, June 21 and June 30, shunned invitation to appear before the senate committee on judiciary, human rights and legal matters.
He was being invited to justify the forgery charges against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.
However, the Senate in its sitting on Tuesday said it will invoke its constitutional powers to compel the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, to appear before it.
On one of those occasions, the senate walked out a representative of the AGF.
Saraki’s ruling was sequel to a point of order raised by David Umari, who informed the senate that Malami had expressed regrets and was seeking another chance to appear before the aforementioned committee.
Saraki and his deputy are accused to have masterminded the usage of a forged Senate Standing Rules for the June 9, 2015 election, which led to the duo’s emergence as leaders of the senate.
The trial of the two, which was supposed to have started on Monday, was postponed to September 28 due to the vacation of Justice Yusuf Halilu.
However, While condemning the action the attorney-general, the chairman, Senate committee on Judiciary, human 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.”

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