Maina’s Reinstatement: Court Wants NASS To Appear Before It
No one really wants to take responsibility for the reinstatement of Abdulrasheed Maina who has allegations of corruption hanging on his neck before he was recalled by the self-acclaimed Government of Truth.
The judiciary is asking the National Assembly to appear before it to show cause why an interim injunction sought by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami should not be granted.
Malami had approached the court to stop the National Assembly from probing him for his alleged involvement in Maina's reinstatement into the Federal Civil Service.
At a hearing in Abuja on Monday, the Federal High Court declined to grant the request contained in a motion ex parte filed by the Attorney General.
After a chambers hearing of the ex parte application, Justice Nyako ordered that the National Assembly be put on notice in respect to the application.
The court then fixed January 15 for the National Assembly to appear before it.
It wants the lawmakers to show cause why the interim injunction sought by the Minister of Justice and Attorney – General should not be granted.
Mr Malami, who was not satisfied by the court’s ruling, filed another motion.
This time he wants the court to determine if the National Assembly has the right to probe issues relating to the “employment, attendance at work, disengagement, reinstatement and or promotion of a civil servant”.
He also wants the court to declare that "the employment, attendance at work, disengagement, reinstatement and or promotion of a civil servant are matters outside the exclusive and concurrent legislative lists contained in the 1999 Constitution".
Another request in his filed motion is for the court to declare that the National Assembly cannot legitimately regulate the employment, attendance at work, disengagement, reinstatement and or promotion of a civil servant, which he claimed were exclusively within the purview of the Federal Civil Service Commission in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 constitution.
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In the motion, the minister stated that his application was filed on the strength that as the Chief Law Officer of Nigeria, he was bound to ensure the respect for the Rule of Law and the Constitution.