OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has condemned the manipulation of the country’s legal system by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu.
This resolution followed a motion entitled: ‘Need To Ensure Sanity In The Administration Of Justice System In The Fight Against Corruption In Nigeria By The Attorney General Of The Federation,’ sponsored by Mr. Yakubu Barde (PDP, Kaduna) during plenary.
In his debate, Mr. Barde expressed concern over the recent turn of events, where the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Mr. Danladi Umar was charged with two counts of corruption before the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court by the EFCC.
He noted that the same EFCC and Attorney General had previously cleared Mr. Umar of the allegations that form the basis of the charges, adding that they are both prosecuting cases before the CCT, where Danladi Umar sits as the Chairman.
According to the lawmaker, the fact that the EFCC is now charging Mr. Umar, who has been asked to try the President of the Senate, gives the impression that a game is being played.
“Any possible convictions or findings which the CCT may make from the same Danladi Umar being charged, may be rendered null and void by the court of Appeal and thereby frustrating the course of Justices,” Mr. Barde voiced.
He said the Attorney General of the Federation is instrumental to the unwholesome saga playing out in the administration of Justice System of the country.
Lawmakers who spoke on the motion gave their full support.
Mr. Razak Atunwa (APC, Kwara) said “the shenanigans and intrigues in the CCT and the trial of the Senate president is laughable. No doubt there is a connivance between the AGF and the EFCC against the Senate president.”
For Mr. Mohammed Monguno (APC, Borno), “the presumption of innocence gives the judge the right to go ahead in presiding over the matter.”
In this regard, an adoption was made by the House and its Committee on Judiciary was mandated to interact with the Attorney General of the Federation to ensure that sanity is returned.