Maina: Se­nate panel grills AGF in se­cret ses­sion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

An ad-hoc com­mit­tee of the Se­nate yes­ter­day grilled the At­tor­ney Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion (AGF) and Min­is­ter of Jus­tice, Abubakar Malami, over the re-ap­pear­ance, re­in­state­ment and pro­mo­tion of for­mer Chair­man, Pres­i­den­tial Task Force on Pen­sion Re­form, Ab­dul­rasheed Maina.

The panel chaired by Sen­a­tor Em­manuel Paulker (PDP, Bayelsa) grilled Malami for hours at the new Se­nate wing over his role in the Maina saga.

Jour­nal­ists who had stormed the venue were ex­cused by the panel chair­man. The panel had penul­ti­mate Wed­nes­day held sim­i­lar ses­sion with top func­tionar­ies of the Fed­eral Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (FSCS).

Paulker, who com­mended the AGF for ap­pear­ing be­fore the panel, said they were man­dated by the Se­nate to carry out the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He said that the res­o­lu­tion to look into the mat­ter was not meant to “witch-hunt­ing’ any­body” and the Se­nate was only car­ry­ing out its con­sti­tu­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity of en­sur­ing good gover­nance in the coun­try.

“We will call the press at the end of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. For now we will go into a closed-door ses­sion so that we will not be swap­ping be­tween I said this I did not say this. Though Nige­rian press is so ma­tured, I am not say­ing they will mis­quote us.”

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