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#MainaGate: AGF Malami rejects secret trial; says Senate must question him publicly

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#MainaGate: AGF Malami rejects secret trial; says Senate must question him publicly

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has said that he will testify on Tuesday before the senate committee investigating the reinstatement of wanted ex-chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.

He however said that his “trial” must be in public and not in secret as the committee is recommending. 

Several memos have shown that Malami was actively involved in Maina’s recall. Both the Head of Civil Service and the Federal Civil Service Commission have named him as the one whose letter kick-started the process which led to Maina’s recall and promotion. 

Malami said: “I want to address Nigerians directly on the Maina issue when I appear before the Senate. But I understand the committee to probe the allegations against me and the Minister of Interior wants to do so in camera.

“Trying me in secret after I have been vilified openly by the people is not good enough. I will certainly appear before the committee at eleven o’clock (11.am) on Tuesday (tomorrow) to speak on the matter but if they bring up the issue of trying me in camera, I would recuse myself from the matter and seek alternative way to explain my position publicly to Nigerians.”

Investigation: Although Pres. Buhari has fired Maina from the service, officials in hyssop administration behind the recall have not been troubled. The senate mandated its committee on Establishment and Public Service to probe those behind the act and recommend possible sanctions.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Emmanuel Paulker, said on Friday that both Malami and Dambazzau would be tried in camera.

Senator Paulker said the committee would only make its findings known to the public at the end of the investigation and assured that it would, however, be transparent before, during and after the investigations and that nobody would be witch hunted.

Paulker said:  “It should be stated for the purpose of emphasis that the National Assembly, which is constitutionally saddled with the responsibilities to perform this exercise, is not expected to base its conclusion on the preponderance of views being expressed from members of the public, hence the need to conduct this investigative hearing to be in the right position to make appropriate recommendations to the Senate.”

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