MainaGate: Malami Threatens To Walk Out On Senate If Probed Secretly

Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation

Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of Federation (AGF), has demanded to be overtly tried by the Nigerian Senate in the Abdulrasheed Maina scandal.

Malami, who doubles as the Minister of Justice, said on Monday that he would kick against his trial in the matter if the Senate decides to secretly probe him.

The AGF said having publicly vilified him in the reinstatement scandal involving the sacked ex-Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms; the Senate should not turn-around to probe him covertly.

“I want to address Nigerians directly on the Maina issue when I appear before the Senate,” Malami told Vanguard.

“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 ( 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,” he said.

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