The Senate has issued a fresh summon to the Attorney General of the Federation/Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) to elucidate his reason for dragging Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, to court over alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Rules.
The Summon which was a sequel to a motion raised by Senator Dino Melaye, (Kogi West) titled: “Imminent threat to our democracy”, was issued on Tuesday through the senate committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters.
The red chamber therefore mandated its panel to within two days invite Malami to explain why he allegedly disregarded and reopened the alleged forgery case against the presiding officers of the upper chamber, and two top management staff of the National Assembly when a court of competent jurisdiction had declined against it.
Malami didn’t appear before the senate on Thursday as scheduled. Instead, the AGF sent a letter to the committee, stating his reasons for his absence.
However, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, in a letter NASSIS/CJHL/024/2016/10 dated 27th June, 2016 signed by its Chairman, Senator David Umaru, and addressed to Hon. Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, issued a fresh date for another summon- this Thursday by noon.
The letter reads: “I write with reference to your (AGF) correspondence on the above subject matter with Ref. HAGF/NASS/ZOIG/Vol.1/24, dated 23rd June, 2016, whereby you requested for an adjournment of the meeting of the Committee, which was supposed to hold on Thursday, June 23, 2016, to enable you prepare your response.
“The Committee has considered your request and having regard to the reason adduced, acceded to the request for an adjournment.
“Accordingly, the meeting is now scheduled to hold on Thursday 30th June 2016 at 12 noon prompt.
“The venue is Senate Meeting Room 31.3, 3rd Floor, New Senate Building, National Assembly Complex. You are by this letter invited to appear before the mentioned place above.”