Court rul­ing vin­di­cated us on forgery suit – Sen­ate

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Is­mail Mu­dashir & Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

The Sen­ate yes­ter­day said it had been vin­di­cated by Thurs­day’s rul­ing of a Fed­eral High Court in Abuja presided over by Jus­tice Gabriel Ko­la­wole who de­scribed the Sen­ate Rules forgery suit as an abuse of court process and a de­ci­sion taken against pub­lic in­ter­est.

The spokesper­son of the sen­ate, Se­na­tor Aliyu Sabi Ab­dul­lahi, in a state­ment yes­ter­day accused the Min­is­ter of Jus­tice and At­tor­ney Gen­eral of Fed­er­a­tion, Mr. Abubakar Mal­lami of act­ing a par­ti­san script in the suit.

The Sen­ate Pres­i­dent, Bukola Saraki, his Deputy, Ike Ek­w­ere­madu, the out­go­ing Clerk to the Na­tional As­sem­bly, Al­haji Sal­isu Maika­suwa and Deputy Clerk, Mr. Ben Efe­turi, are being tried at a FCT High Court in the suit.

The sen­ate in the state­ment urged Malami to ad­dress the is­sue of his per­sonal and pe­cu­niary in­ter­est in the case as he was a coun­sel to the ag­grieved sen­a­tors who de­cided to ex­ter­nalise the is­sue of elec­tion of the lead­er­ship of the up­per cham­ber of the Na­tional As­sem­bly af­ter they failed in their bid to get their pre­ferred can­di­date elected.

“It has now be­come ob­vi­ous from the rul­ing of Jus­tice Ko­la­wole and in the facts of the mat­ter be­fore the Fed­eral High Court, Malami was the one who ad­vised his clients to re­port the mat­ter to the po­lice and now that he has be­come AGF, he de­cided to use his con­sti­tu­tional pow­ers to pur­sue pri­vate in­ter­est by fil­ing a crim­i­nal case in the FCT High Court against the sub­sist­ing rul­ing of a court of co­or­di­nate ju­ris­dic­tion,” he said.

He said the sen­ate invited the AGF to throw light on the forgery case, and not to chal­lenge his right to file, take over or dis­con­tinue any crim­i­nal case but for him to ex­plain the is­sues of con­flict of in­ter­est, abuse of of­fice, dis­re­spect of a sub­sist­ing or­der of a court and vi­o­la­tion of the prin­ci­ple of Sep­a­ra­tion of Pow­ers which are being raised against him.

“In con­clu­sion, the sen­ate is call­ing on all par­ties, Mr. Malami, the At­tor­ney Gen­eral in­clu­sive, to heed the wise, timely and apt ad­vice of for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Atiku Abubakar that “it is time to move on”. Truly, Nige­ria needs our col­lec­tive en­ergy to ad­dress the var­i­ous chal­lenges - no­tably in­creas­ing poverty, hunger, youth un­em­ploy­ment, gen­eral in­se­cu­rity and kid­nap­ping, among oth­ers - which are time bombs that we can only ig­nore at our own col­lec­tive peril”, the state­ment said.

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