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Senate probes Malami over resumption of NHRC boss without confirmation

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA—THE Senate yesterday ordered an investigation of alleged role by Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN over the circumstances surrounding the alleged resumption of the Executive Secretary of National Human Rights Commission, {NHRC}, Tony Ojukwu, without confirmation from it.

Abubakar Malami (SAN) . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan

Consequently, it  mandated Senator David Umaru, APC, Niger East led Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to urgently investigate the alleged role played by Malami as well as get across to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha to ensure that the laws were followed to the letter and such a situation does not rear its ugly head again.

The Senate warned against a growing penchant on the part of appointees of government to resume office without prerequisite senate confirmation.

Resolution of the Senate yesterday was sequel to a point of Order by Senator Dino Melaye, APC, Kogi West who drew the  attention of his colleagues to how the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami allegedly ordered Ojukwu to resume office in contravention of the Civil Service Rules and the Act establishing the commission.

Melaye, who considered the AGF’s action as an affront on the authority of the Senate, stressed that it was not the first time the AGF would be daring the Senate, advised the Senate to henceforth disqualify appointees who resume without confirmation.

In his remarks, Senate President Bukola Saraki said, “This matter, we have talked about it sometime last year where a similar situation where people who have not been confirmed, I thought this matter had been laid to rest because we were very clear on this issue that once you have not been confirmed, they cannot go ahead and resume.”


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