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Attorney-General vows to continue Saraki's forgery trial

14 July 2016, 14:15

Abuja - The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has said there is no going back on the forgery suit the Federal Government instituted against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and presiding officials of the National Assembly.

Malami, who appeared before the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, on Wednesday, said the decision of his office to institute a legal action against the presiding officers of the Senate over the alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Order 2015 was in good faith and in public interest.

He told the committee that the fact that he was contracted as one of the counsel in one of the three suits instituted on the forgery saga did not constitute any conflict of interest.

Malami said the decision of his office was informed by the  report of the police investigation on the matter which, he said, bordered on criminality.

At the hearing, Malami according to News24 explained to members of the Committee why he could not honor the last invitation. "My inability to attend was out of sheer circumstances not out of disgust for Senate. I am known for a tradition of honouring invitations," he said.

Addressing issues on the alleged forgery of senate standing order, Malami said the allegation predates him as the police had carried out an investigation into the matter in July 2015 and had come up with their conclusion. He said he was appointed a Minister in November same year and acted on the criminal cases forwarded to him by the police, one of which is the alleged forgery of senate order.

Malami said that the senate standing order being contested was never deliberated upon by the house which is against the house rule. He referred to a scenario when there was a need to amend the Senate Rules on 18th May, 2011.

- News 24


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