Kogi Assembly Crisis: Reps summon Attorney General, Police IG

The House of Representatives on Tuesday summoned the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to appear before its Committee on Judiciary over his alleged role in the Kogi State House of Assembly crisis.
This followed a point of order moved by Rep. Nicholas Ossai (Delta-PDP), who cited the Attorney General’s instruction to the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, to reopen the assembly for proceedings.
Ossai described the move as unwarranted and unlawful.
In his contribution, the Majority Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, described the actions of Malami as sad.
Gbajabiamila said the resolution of the House to seal the Kogi State House of Assembly was based on Section 11 of the House’s rules.
Rep. Pally Iriase, who led the chamber’s delegation to Kogi State, said the matter was not in court when the House passed a resolution to take over legislative functions of the Kogi State House of Assembly as provided by the Constitution.
The Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, said sensitive matters like that should be treated with seriousness.
On his part, Rep. Muhammadu Bago (Niger-APC) called for the Attorney General’s resignation, saying that he lacked the power to instruct the reopening of the assembly.
The legislators, however, resolved to summon Arase and Malami to appear before their relevant committees.
They also constituted a 22-member Ad hoc Committee headed by the majority leader to investigate the matter and report back in two weeks for further legislative attention.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the House resumed plenary on Tuesday after two weeks recess for the Easter celebration.

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