Abuja - The Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami, finally honored the senate's invitation over the forgery trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.
At the hearing, Malami 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.
According to him, there was a process of deliberation. He noted that a Standing Rule that has not been deliberated and voted on by the Senate cannot be the Standing Rule. He stressed that based on the non-adherence to the Constitution in amending the Standing Rules, his office filed the case, adding that the criminal case was filed to curb abuse of institutional governing documents.
Responding, the chairman of the senate committee, Senator David Umaru, said there was no need to have singled out Saraki and Ekweremadu for trial since the police investigation report did not mention them as those behind the alleged forgery.
- News 24