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Abubakar Malami "FG filed Saraki, Ekweremadu's forgery suit before my appointment" - AGF says

Abubakar Malami said the lawsuit against Senate president and his deputy predates his appointment as attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice.

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Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

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The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami appeared before the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters today, July 13, 2016.

Malami who refused to appear before the Red Chambers however met with Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday night following threat to withdraw his confirmation.

Speaking on the forgery suit filed against the senate president, his deputy and two others, Malami said the lawsuit predates his appointment as attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice.

Malami explained that the criminal suite with reference number FHC/ABJ/CS/646/ 2015 was filed on July, 23, 2015 alongside a report of the concluded investigation by the police.

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"I was appointed on the 12th day of November 2015, that is precisely about four months. As at the time I came to office, the report was already concluded.

"The case was instituted before the court for the sustenance of the rule of law but not in any way to truncate the democratic process. It will be overreaching on my part to make any insinuation on the case," he added.

He maintained that the amendment of the Senate standing orders did not pass through due process thereby constituting a breach of Section 60 of the 1999 Constitution.

Chairman of the committee,  David Umaru accused the executive of interfering in the affairs of the legislature. He advised that the tenets of Separation of Powers should be respected.

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