– The House of Representatives has frowned at the alleged continuous non-appearance of the AGF to answer or clarify issues relating to the arrest of judicial officers
– The Garba Datti-led committee of the house says it will invoke all the relevant laws for the arrest of the AGF if he fails to appear before it on November 29
The House of Representatives has threatened to issue a warrant of arrest against the attorney-general of the federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) if he failed to appear before it on November 29, 2016.
The ad-hoc committee of the House investigating the arrest of judicial officers issued the threat on Thursday, November 23, when reacting to the alleged continuous non-appearance of the AGF to answer or clarify issues whenever invited by committees of the House.
Vanguard reports that the AGF has refused to comply with the request of the Garba Datti-led committee to send a memorandum and also appear in person to answer questions or give clarifications on the roles played by his office in the arrest of some Federal High Court Judges by the DSS.
The committee expressed frustration over the non-appearance of the AGF, after a closed door session with the DG of DSS and open hearing with representatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the second day of the investigative public hearing.
“The only area we are having problem with is the AGF who is the chief law officer. We sent letters to him, but there was no answer and no memorandum from him. Before the public hearing, we had summoned him, even today (Thursday), he did not appear or send any representation,” Garba Datti said.
He said the committee had given him the AGF the opportunity to appear on November 29, noting that failure of which this committee will invoke all the relevant laws that give us power for arrest.
Meanwhile, recent investigations by detectives have revealed huge cash payments to Supreme Court Justices, members of the management and staff of the apex court.
The payments were reportedly done through a secret account with outrageous allowances paid to the judiciary outside the approved allowance by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).
The allowances include cash for justices and management staff during festivities, especially Easter, Christmas, Ramadan and Eid-el Kabir.
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