I jumped over the fence to stop im­punity, says At­tor­ney Gen­eral

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hir Joseph, Lafia

Nasarawa State At­tor­ney Gen­eral and Com­mis­sioner of Jus­tice, In­no­cent Lagi, said yes­ter­day that he will not re­sign his ap­point­ment, de­spite calls to do so. Lagi has been un­der fire fol­low­ing a re­port last week that he jumped over the state House of As­sem­bly fence to serve a court or­der.

A mem­ber of the Nige­rian Bar As­so­ci­a­tion (NBA) in Lafia, Nasarawa State, Bar­ris­ter Abubakar Abukakar Dog­ara, while ad­dress­ing news­men yes­ter­day said last week’s con­duct by the AG, when he scaled the fence of the state House of As­sem­bly (NSHA) to serve a court or­der, con­sti­tuted gross mis­con­duct and was a dent on the im­age of the law pro­fes­sion.

But Lagi said: “Res­ig­na­tion is the last thing on my mind. I did not do any­thing wrong by pro­tect­ing the rule of law.”

He said he did not go to the as­sem­bly com­plex to dis­rupt pro­ceed­ings, “but to law­fully stop im­punity”, and that the cir­cum­stance he was faced with war­ranted the height he went to serve the law­mak­ers with the or­der.

“No one can say what Nasarawa would have turned into if the com­mis­sion’s chair­man had com­plied with the res­o­lu­tion of the as­sem­bly to an­nounce the elec­tion re­sults,” he said.

Dog­ara had ear­lier said: “Lagi is not only a lawyer; he is also the chief law of­fi­cer of the state. He is the At­tor­ney Gen­eral and Com­mis­sioner of Jus­tice; all three rolled into one. If there is any­body to ex­hibit gen­tle­man’s con­ducts; it is the At­tor­ney Gen­eral. To­day, the law pro­fes­sion suf­fers stigma in the state. An At­tor­ney Gen­eral scaled the fence to as­sist a court bailiff to serve a court or­der? It means the bailiff can go lengths, even break into a house just to serve court pro­cesses. This rep­re­sents a dark pe­riod in our pro­fes­sion”.

“Mr. At­tor­ney Gen­eral should be hon­ourable to re­sign. Do­ing so will earn him hon­our, and the law pro­fes­sion will be saved from pub­lic ridicule. He has done us enough ruin; stay­ing put in the of­fice is to fur­ther dent the law pro­fes­sion,” Dog­ara said.

He added that the AG had no busi­ness fol­low­ing the court bailiff to the com­plex of the state as­sem­bly.

“The gate was sealed, but that does not war­rant a gen­tle­man scal­ing it to aid a court bailiff to ef­fect ser­vice,” he said.

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