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Senate summons Mallami, AGF over forgery suit against Saraki

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

The upper legislative chamber, the Senate has summoned the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, to appear before a committee it set up within 48 hours over the planned arraignment of its two principal officers by the government.

Specifically, the Federal Government through the office of the AGF is expected to charge the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and his duputy, Ike Ekweremadu to court forging the Senate Standing Rules.

At plenary on Tuesday, the Senators during their debate said if the rules happens to be fake, then all correspondence of President Muhammadu Buhari to National Assembly is fake.

The lawmakers said the rules were used to confirm Ministers and pass the 2016 National budget.

Moving the motion to summon Malami, Senator Dino Melaye said: “We must make it clear here to the individuals in the Executive arm and party leadership behind these plots not to mistake the maturity and hand of co-operation being extended to the Presidency by the legislature as a sign of weakness.

“The National Assembly bent backwards to accommodate various infractions and inefficiencies in pursuit of inter-arms co-operation and national interest.

“We did not follow up the various infractions because we believe there are bigger issues which the government has to attend to in order to ensure that every Nigerian has food on his table and live comfortably in a secure environment.

“We know that the country is actually in a state of economic emergency and all hands must be on deck.”

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