The Senate Has No Power To Summon The AGF By Okoi Obono-Obla
The Senate is mistaken about its role in the scheme of things in the country.
It is unfortunate that Senators or members of the National Assembly to think that they are vested with immunity criminal prosecutions.
It crystal as the crystal ball that only President, Vice President , Governors and Deputy Governors are clothed with immunity by the Constitution .
Otherwise, why would Senators be threatening fire and brimstones because some of its members have been summoned to appear in Court to face charges of forgery?
I don’t just get it. Maybe, the Senators are mistaken as to the extent of their rights and privileges under the Constitution.
The Senators or members of the National Assembly only have immunity when they are inside the Chambers of the National Assembly or within the precinct of the National Assembly.
When they are outside the precinct of the National Assembly, members of the National Assembly are just ordinary people who can be imperilled if they transgress any Law.
It is therefore absurd that the Senate will summon the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) to appear before because the Directorate of Public Prosecutions of the Federation which under the office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation decided to file forgery charges against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
The Senate should know that the Senate is an institution created by the Constitution and it therefore should not turned into an instrument of vendetta to settle personal scores or to harass or hound or intimidate the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation for having the courage and temerity to ensure that the Rule of Law is uphold in the country.
The Senate as an institution has not committed any act of forgery and is therefore not on trial.
It is the Senate President , Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President , Ike Ekweremadu , the Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa and Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly , Bernard Eferuti respectively who are on trial, not the Senate .
Are the members of the National Assembly suggesting that if one of its members commit murder he or she should not be put on trial?
The Senate should know that the country practices presidential system of government where Ministers are not accountable to the legislature. Ministers are appointed by the President and these Ministers are individually and collectively accountable to him whom they owe their appointments to.
The Senate has the power to screen Ministers after their nomination by the President but they cannot exercise any disciplinary action against any erring Minister.
The Senate cannot even direct the President to discipline an erring Minister.
So the summon issued on the Attorney General of the Federation to appear before the Senate tomorrow because criminal charges were filed against the Senate President , Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President , Ike Ekweremadu , the Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa and Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly , Bernard Eferuti respectively goes to no issue. It is a waste of time and hogwash.
In any time, it is too late in the day to discuss the matter in the Senate because it is already sub judice.
It is before a Court of Law and the Senate Standing Orders prohibits the Senate from dabbling into a matter that is already before a Court of Law.
Okoi Obono-Obla is Special Assistant to the President (Prosecution) ; Office of ? Honourable Attorney General of the Federation