Maina: Senate mocks Attorney General Malami’s bid to stop probe

Abdulrasheed Maina
Former Chairman of defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina[Photo Credit: Buzz Nigeria]

The Senate has challenged the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, AGF Abubakar Malami, to explain why he approached the court to stop its ongoing probe into the reinstatement of fugitive ex-pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina.

The Senate wants Mr. Malami to explain why ‘he has been running around the courts seeking to stop the probe by the two chambers of the National Assembly into how Mr. Abdulrashid Maina, an assistant director in the Ministry of Interior, was surreptitiously reinstated into the service after being dismissed.’

The position of the Senate was made known through a statement signed by the Chairman, its Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Sabi Abdullahi.

The Senate expressed surprise that the AGF, instead of using the time availed him by the National Assembly to state his case, ”resorted to legal battles to stop the probe.

“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 on all institutions, bodies and individuals, particularly those who access funds that have been appropriated by us. We, however, expressed our commendation to the judiciary for upholding the principles of separation of powers and insisting on fair-hearing. We believe that is the reason why the judge refused to grant the prayers of the AGF yesterday and rather insisted that the National Assembly should be put on notice and served all the court processes is so that we could enter our own defence.

“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 their reports on time. The Senate believes Nigerians are interested in knowing the ‘how, who, why and where’ of what is now known as the ‘Maina Gate’. We definitely will not allow those who want the facts buried to prevail,” the statement quoted Mr. Abdullahi as saying.

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Monday declined an ex parte application seeking to stop the Senate’s probe into the controversial recall of Mr. Maina.

An ex-parte decision is one decided by a judge without requiring all of the parties to the controversy to be present.

The application filed by Nigeria’s Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, had among other issues contended that the Senate lacked the powers to proceed with its investigation into Mr. Maina’s recall by the executive arm of government.

Mr. Malami had asked the court to stop the Senate from pursuing the ongoing probe into the controversial recall.

If granted, the order would have been enforceable, despite the Senate’s absence at Wednesday’s hearing.

However, in her ruling, Justice Binta Nyako asked that the defendants including the Senate be served hearing notices to allow them to attend court on the next adjourned date, January 15, to defend themselves.

The court specifically ruled that the defendants appear in court to explain why the application should not be granted.


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  • Arabakpura

    This government has become a plague invented by Tinubu! His silence is deafening!

    • Fada4Life

      Why are you dragging Tinubu into this

      • suleiman

        Because Tinubu installed the government. Did you forget that Tinubu and Obama are friends? Have you soon forgotten that Tinubu through Obama brought David Axerod, Obama’s campaign guru to Nigeria to be the campaign strategist for APC? Have you forgotten that without the Yourbas Buhari wouldn’t have won the election? So, all thanks to Tinubu for helping to ruin this country for his selfish ambition.

        • Joe

          God bless you. Without Tinubu’s influence on the Yoruba race, the man Buhari that was rejected by God three times could not have been president of this great country. King Saul was an example; God rejected him but jews said they wanted a king. Tinubu may be a partaker of the blood of the innocents that are being killed in Taraba, Adamawa, kaduna, the Shiites and Benue states, because Tinubu have never make a statement to condemn the killings by buhari’s Janjaweed!!!

        • Fada4Life

          Were you comfortable with PDP looters reign before Tinubu opted for a change

      • Julius

        Because that’s what they do. Ask him to point to Lagos on the map. They are jealous of Tinubu to no end !

    • dave jacob

      With Malami running to court to stop the probe panel he has once attended, he is guilty as charged!!!

      • okenwa

        Buhari smells corruption.

    • Julius

      Sure, Na Tinubu fault…abi. Next will be Buhari, right ?

      • Arabakpura

        The inyanga Buhari talk say him no dey run again when Tinubu carry him trouble go wake am up! See where e don land us now!

        • Julius

          Yeah, na the entire Yoruba people fault…abi . Next ?

  • Otunba

    How on earth would an AGF who swore to an oath of office, to do justice, begin to support fraud and asking the Courts not to allow proper investigation by those saddled with the oversight functions, to do so? It is totally shocking to find Nigeria in this particular terrain: Impunity, lawlessness, executive rascality, deceit of fight against corruption and all that. That, infact translates to mean that there is no hope for this nation so soon.

  • Bassey Frank

    Malami is doing the bid of his master – Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari, the incorruptible president under whose watch corruption breeds. That Buhari gave the consent for Abdulrasheed Maina to be reinstated into the civil service is a moral grindstone hanging on his neck. Those who hail Buhari as anti-corruption Czar will be swept away by the consequences of this grave injustice.

    • Ubong

      But our brother Ita Enang want us to accept his master directives of fake synergy between the executive and legislatures. He blames his colleagues in the 7th assembly of not doing effective oversight functions, than sharing money and allocating allowances to themselves instead of carrying out oversight functions, hence those he mentioned wete able to loot our collective wealth. However, our brother, Mr Enang, forgot to tell us about how he made his stupendous financial and material wealth if not by looting and supporting and partaking in the looting of our collective wealth. Can he point to any constituency projects he executed ad member of NASS for 12 years. Why are we from this part of flaw federal nation always willing to accept to do the bidding of those thst see us as conquered region. Why dont we have shame anymore. Now NASS is carrying the oversight functions and a not fit to be AGF ran to court to halts the same action mr Enang is given us fake news about the 7th NASS ineffectiveness without caring to tell us about the corrupt action of malamigates and Mainagate. Its shameful that we are govern by liars, probably its the change majority of SW blindly voted despite their high level of education and political awareness and professor.

  • Kenny

    Buhari the pretender! Buhari the self acclaimed anti-curruption war Lord! !

  • Isaac Azor

    It’s really unfortunate that Malami has succeeded in grounding this government! He and his few co-travellers in Danbazau and Kyari have messed up Buhari!! It’s now clear that the quartet know much on Maina which they don’t want the public to know.

  • Julius

    This guy Malami should be removed, sacked, fired without pension. This is not the way to fight corruption..he is standing in the way.