After refusing to appear before the Senate twice, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami honored the invitation of the Senate.
He was summoned over a forgery trial instituted against some principal officers of the Senate.
The Senate President and his deputy as well as two other other members are facing charges of forging the Senate standing order.
Malami refused to comment on the case before the Senate. In his words,
“the proof of evidence is before the court. I am a party in the suit being the prosecutor. I can’t comment on the question you asked because doing so would be sub judice.”
He said, “I was invited to appear before the committee based on a letter which reads ‘Imminent threat to Nigeria democracy’. I have a clear obligation to do whatever should be done within the context of the constitution to sustain the democratic process.
“The issue that constitute the basis of this invitation is a criminal case instituted against certain members of the Senate. It is an act that predates my appointment. There are series of suits.
“I was appointed on the 12th of November, 2015. That is four months after the investigation was concluded by the NPF. I have an obligation in the sustenance of democracy to institute a legal action from an investigation that has been concluded. It was based on this that I took the action.
“The action was not taken to truncate any democratic process, but was taken to protect democracy. There are now two pending cases in court. One is a civil case instituted by some Senators. The other is a criminal case instituted by the office of the AGF.
“The initiation behind the forgery case was taken in the interest of the public and in the interest of democracy. I want to state clearly that my decision was based on public interest and the aim is to prevent abuse of public offices.”