Maina: Senate asks AGF to explain attempts to stop probe



The Senate has asked the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Malami, SAN, to explain to why he has running around the courts seeking to the by the two chambers of the National Assembly how Mr. Abdulrashid Maina, an Director in the Ministry of Interior, was surreptitiously reinstated the service after being dismissed.

statement by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, the Senate said it was surprised that the AGF who had utilized the ample opportunity given to him by both chambers of the National Assembly to his case on the Maina issue is now the one going to court to the legislature’s investigation.

“We are wondering what the AGF is afraid of. When he appeared before our committee, he was well received and fairly treated. He indeed expressed his happiness with the protection given to him by the  committee handling the Maina case. Why then is it very important and urgent for him to the investigative hearing? What is the AGF trying to hide?

“Let it be known that the legislature has the of investigation on all , and individuals, particularly those who access funds that have appropriated by us. We however expressed our commendation to the judiciary for upholding the principles of separation of powers and insisting on fair hearing. We believe that is the reason why the judge refused to grant the prayers of the AGF yesterday and rather insisted that the National Assembly should be put on notice and served all the court processes so that we could enter our own defence.

“While we respect the position of the court and would respond accordingly, the Senate has further directed the committee investigating the Maina issue to expedite action and submit their reports on time. The Senate believes are interested in knowing the how, who , why and where of what is now known as the ‘Maina Gate’. We definitely will not allow those who want the facts buried to prevail”, Abdullahi stated.