The House of Representatives, on Thursday tackled the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and the acting EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, for the alleged “manipulation” of Nigeria’s legal system.
Adopting a motion by Minority Whip, Yakubu Barde (PDP, Kaduna), the House noted with concern the recent charge by the EFCC against the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, after clearing him of same.
“Any possible convictions or findings which the CCT may make from the same Danladi Umar, may be rendered null and void by the Court of Appeal, thereby frustrating the course of justice.
“The House should also recall that this same EFCC and AGF are equally prosecuting cases such as the case against the Senate President before the same CCT, which Umar sits as chairman,’’ Barde said.
The lawmakers said the same Umar is prosecuting a retrial case against Senate President and chairman of the National Assembly, Bukola Saraki.
They said any conviction or finding by Umar may be rendered null and void by the Court of Appealeal and thereby frustrating the course of justice.
One after the other, the lawmakers took turn to vent their anger over the issue, saying based on morality, Umar should not be the one to try Saraki.
Consequently, the Committee on Judiciary was mandated to interact with the AGF to ensure that sanity was brought back to the legal system.