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Why did the AGF defy the House of Reps?: Meeting between the two parties end in stalemate

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Why did the AGF defy the House of Reps?: Meeting between the two parties end in stalemate

The meeting of the House of Representatives Committee on the Kogi House of Assembly Crisis and the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister Justice, Abubakar Malami ended in a stalemate Monday.

The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila who is the head of the committee while speaking after a closed door meeting with Malami Monday said the meeting was “ongoing.”

His words:”The outcome of the meeting? Well we are making steady progress, what we have is an ongoing discussion. There are a lot of issues to be resolved and hopefully, we will be able to resolve them next week.”

On if there was an agreement with the AGF on if to maintain the status-quo or not, Gbajabiamila said: “No, no, we didn’t go in there to come to an agreement. We went in there to discuss the issues, to unravel all the legal and factual issues. And this is still ongoing and by next week, we will resolve all the issues.”

On the findings of the committee, the lawmaker said: “We have found out that there are lot of constitutional issues between the Attorney-General’s office and the National Assembly that we need to look into it not just at face value.”

The Majority Leader said it was apparent that the AGF wrote a letter to the IGP “and it’s clear that the IGP acted on the letter.”

He said the contents of the letter and constitutional issue were discussed.

“I know it is a very important matter that not just the press, but everyone in Nigeria is interested in how we resolve this issue. But you just have to be patient because whatever we resolve now sets a precedent for the future.

“And so we are taking our time to look at all the issues, we are not rushing into it, we will dot all the i’s and cross the t’s. We should by any way or the other come out with the report next week.”

Recall that the House of Representatives summoned the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister Justice, Abubakar Malami and the Inspector – General of Police, Solomon Arase over the crisis in the Kpgi State House of Assembly.

While Abubakar Malami was to appear before the 22- member ad hoc committee headed by the Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila to explain why he advised the IG to discountenance the House’s directive to seal the Kogi State House of Assembly, the IG was to explain why he sought the AGF’s advice after being given a clear directive by the National Assembly.

But the Inspector- General of the Police, Solomon Arase last week apologized to the members of the House, saying he did not purposely contravene the directives of the House to seal the Kogi State House of Assembly.

Arase, who appeared before an Adhoc committee on the crisis said what occurred was misinformation and that it was not in his character to disobey laid down rules and constituted authority and powers of the National Assembly.

Source: The Nation

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