The House of Representatives, on Thursday, threatened to order the arrest of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, over his failure to honour an invitation to appear before the House.
The ad-hoc committee of the House, investigating the raid and arrest of Nigerian Judges by the Department of State Services (DSS), had invited Malami twice but he allegedly failed to neither oblige nor reply their letters.
The Attorney General was billed to appear before the panel yesterday alongside the Director General of DSS, Lawal Daura and chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), Nta Ekpo.
Chairman of the committee, Garba Datti (APC, Kaduna), said that while Daura and Ekpo personally appeared before the panel, Malami failed to either appear personally or send a delegation.
Datti further said that the committee will be left with no other option than to issue a warrant of arrest against Malami if he fails to appear before it on or before November 29, 2016.
“The only area we are having problem with is the AGF who is the chief law officer. We sent letters to him, but there was no answer and no memorandum from him. Before the public hearing, we had summoned him, even today (Thursday), he did not appear or send any representation,” Garba Datti said.
It would be recalled that operatives of the DSS had, on October 8 around 1 A.M, invaded homes of seven Nigerian judges accused of being corrupt.
THE WHISTLER further recalls that Malami had justified the raid and arrest of the judges, saying “no one is or should be above the law.”
Meanwhile the National Judicial Council (NJC) has condemned the raid on the judges’ homes by the said security operatives.