By Soni Daniel,
Buoyed by rising confidence that he breached no laws in the reinstatement of wanted ex-Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has rejected the idea of a secret probe by the Senate.
Malami, who is being accused by the Head of Service and the Federal Civil Service Commission of having initiated series of memoranda to effect the recall of the wanted former pension task force chairman, is billed to appear before the Senate tomorrow to explain his role on the controversial reinstatement, which has angered Presidential Muhammadu Buhari.
Malami told Vanguard, last night, that he was keen on being tried openly by the Senate, having been ‘tried and condemned in the public’ over the Maina case.
Malami said: “I want to address Nigerians directly on the Maina issue when I appear before the Senate. But I understand the committee to probe the allegations against me and the Minister of Interior wants to do so in camera.
“Trying me in secret after I have been vilified openly by the people is not good enough. I will certainly appear before the committee at eleven o’clock (11.am) on Tuesday (tomorrow) to speak on the matter but if they bring up the issue of trying me in camera, I would recuse myself from the matter and seek alternative way to explain my position publicly to Nigerians.”
In leaked memoranda to the media, the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation and the Federal Civil Service Commission claimed they acted on the request of the AGF, Malami, to reinstate Maina into the service.