Magu, Malami manipulating Nigeria’s legal system – Reps

House of Reps
House of Reps

The House of Representatives on Thursday condemned alleged manipulation of Nigeria’s legal system by Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and the Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).

The House also summoned the AGF, Abubakar Malami, for explanation on alleged manipulation of Code of Conduct Tribunal case involving the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki.

This was sequel to a motion under matters of urgent public importance by Yakubu Barde (Kaduna-PDP).

Moving the motion, Mr. Barde expressed concern that the chairman of Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, had been charged with corruption at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court by the EFCC.

He said the same EFCC and Mr. Malami had previously cleared Mr. Umar of the same allegations that formed the basis of the fresh two-count charge.

“Any possible convictions or findings which the CCT may make from the same Danladi Umar, may be rendered null and void by the Court of Appeal, thereby frustrating the course of justice.

“The House should also recall that this same EFCC and AGF are equally prosecuting cases such as the case against the Senate President before the same CCT, which Umar sits as chairman,’’ Mr. Barde said.

Taking turns, other lawmakers condemned the actions of the AGF and EFCC after the presiding officer, Yakubu Dogara, asked lawyers among the members, to educate their colleagues on the issue.

Razak Atunwa (Kwara-APC) said “the shenanigans and intrigues in the CCT and the trial of senate president is laughable. No doubt, there is connivance between the AGF and the EFCC against the senate president.”

Also, Aliyu Pategi (Kwara-APC) said the case against Mr. Saraki was an instance of political manipulation.

“EFCC and CCT are political tools used by the present government to witch-hunt perceived enemies,’’ he said.

However, Mohammed Monguno (Borno-APC) said “the presumption of innocence gives the judge the right to go ahead to preside over the matter.’’

The motion was therefore, adopted by members when it was put to a voice vote by the speaker.

Consequently, the Committee on Judiciary was mandated to interact with the AGF to ensure that sanity was brought back to the legal system. (NAN)


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  • Emeka

    “Just imagine the looters crying foul, claiming marginalization of the legal system by the duo of Malami and Magu, simply because they have blocked all avenues to manipulate the “for sale” judges, you aren’t seen nothing yet. The chicken has finally come home to (roost) or sleep, if you!!”

    • Nichodemus ugwu

      You are one of the day dreamers!!!
      Blocking which corruption avenues?
      Pls you should wake up from your slumber
      Just like Lawal- Maina – Yusuf and now Tumsah!!!
      Pls stop being deluded!!! This Govt is the most corrupt!!!
      Pls can you google the definition of corruption?

      • chimezie

        My brother, you are the one deluded here. The Bible says, woe unto them that call evil good and good evil. People like you and your comment are the reason for where we are today. Join hands and voice to fight evil (corruption) and not support it.

  • Tijani

    Nigerians and short-sighted cowardice. They will call for Malami’s head, call for Magu’s head, blame a fictional cabal which is just following Buhari’s instruction, instead of confronting the true culprit and architect of national morass.

    Buhari should be impeached.

    • IBRAHIM DAUDA

      Childish talk.

    • Julius

      Hypocrite, is manipulating the legal system a new thing anywhere in the world? What exactly do you think that lawyers do ? Are you saying this stated when Buhari became the president ? You will be the 1st one to be jumping up and down if Buhari should by any means get between the legal system. You are still yapping about him not obeying the law about kanu.People like you talk from both sides of your mouth.Nonsense.

  • thusspokez

    He said the same EFCC and Mr. Malami had previously cleared Mr. Umar of the same allegations that formed the basis of the fresh two-count charge.

    Using this argument — rather like scraping the bottom of the barrel — as the reason, Umar should be spared further prosecution ignores the fact that neither the EFCC nor Mr. Malami is a court of law – which has the final say in exonerating Mr. Umar of any allegation.