‘Why Are You Running Around The Courts To Stop Maina’s Probe?’ – Senate Asks Malami
The Senate, on Tuesday, January 9, slammed the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), for his moves to stop the National Assembly’s investigation into the controversial reinstatement of a former Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina.
The upper chamber of the National Assembly said Malami had been “running around the courts” to stop the investigation of Maina, who it said was “surreptitiously” reinstated into the Federal Government’s service after he had been dismissed.
The Senate and the House of Representatives have begun separate probes into the controversial reinstatement of Maina, who was promoted as an Assistant Director in the Ministry of Interior.
This was contained in a statement in Abuja by the Chairman of its Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi.
It stated that it was surprised that the AGF, who had utilised the ample opportunity given to him by both chambers of the National Assembly to state his case on the Maina issue, was now the one going to court to stop the legislature’s probe.
The statement read, “We are wondering what the AGF is afraid of. When he appeared before our committee, he was well received and fairly treated. He indeed expressed his happiness with the protection given to him by the committee handling the Maina case.
“Why then is it very important and urgent for him to stop the investigative hearing? What is the AGF trying to hide?
“Let it be known that the legislature has the power of investigation into all institutions, bodies and individuals, particularly those who access funds that have been appropriated by us.”
It stated that the National Assembly should be put on notice and served all the court processes so that it could enter its own defence.
It added, “While we respect the position of the court and would respond accordingly, the Senate has further directed the committee investigating the Maina issue to expedite action and submit its report on time.
“The Senate believes Nigerians are interested in knowing the how, who, why and where of what is now known as the ‘Mainagate’. We definitely will not allow those who want the facts buried to prevail.”