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Senate has powers to arrest SGF, Babachir Lawal if he fails to appear voluntarily – Falana

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Vocal Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana has said that the Senate can order for the arrest of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, if he fails to appear voluntarily before it when summoned.

Falana said in a statement, that the ongoing investigation into the North East humanitarian contract by the Senate is constitutional and as such the SGF and other parties involved are expected to fully cooperate with the Senate to help investigations.

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He also explained that it was different from that of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali.

The investigation being conducted by the Shehu Sani committee into the grass-cutting contract is backed by Section 88(2) of the constitution. So, the SGF is constitutionally required to appear and cooperate fully with the committee.

If he fails to appear, the committee is competent to order his arrest pursuant to Section 89 of the constitution. This case is materially distinguishable from that of the CGC of Customs, who was invited to justify a policy on import duty,” Falana said.

TheNewsGuru.com reports that the Shehu Sani-led Senate ad-hoc committee on Thursday postponed the second investigative hearing on the mounting humanitarian crisis in the North-East, following the non-appearance of the SGF and other parties invited. 

 

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