Thursday, November 24

Reps threaten arrest warrant against AGF, Malami

Reps threaten arrest warrant against AGF, Malami

Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami

A House of Representatives panel on Thursday threatened to issue an arrest warrant against the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami, for failure to appear before it on the recent invasion of residences and property of some judges.

The ad-hoc committee, chaired by Rep Garba Datti (APC, Kaduna), said during its second day of public hearing on the matter that it had sent Malami letters twice to forward his position to the committee but that he neither obliged nor responded to a reminder.

Malami was billed to appear before the panel on Thursday alongside the Director General of the Department of State Security (DSS), Lawal Daura, and the chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), Nta Ekpo.

But while Daura and Ekpo personally appeared before the panel, Malami was absent even as he did not send any representative.

Datti said Malami’s attitude to the committee was unfortunate and gave him up to Tuesday to appear or risk a warrant of arrest.

“We sent him two letters, but there was no response. We’re giving him up to Tuesday to get back to us, and failure to do that will leave us with no option than to exercise the powers conferred on us on warrant of arrest,” he said.

Two members of the committee, Edward Pwajok (PDP, Plateau), and Razak Atunwa (APC, Kwara), commended both Daura and Ekpo for honouring the committee’s invitation “despite their grey hair.” They however condemned Malami’s attitude.

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