EXECUTIVE ORDER: Senate summons AG, as they Suspend Order (AUDIO)

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The Nigerian Senate has summoned the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

 

The Justice Minister is expected to appear before the Senate to explain the constitutional basis for the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Executive Order Number Six.

 

The lawmakers are contending that the issuance of Executive Orders are in violation of the principles of separation of powers and a usurpation of legislative functions of the National Assembly.

 

The position of the Senate was reached based on a motion sponsored by Senator DAVID UMORU from Niger State, who argued that the enforcement of the Executive Order Six would result in human rights violations.

 

 

(that's the voice of Senator Umoru)

 

Our correspondent James Igah reports that the Senate was sharply in the debate on the motion by Senator Umoru.

 

‎Among those who spoke were Senator Yahaya Abdullahi of Kebbi North; Senator Shehu Sani of Kaduna Central, and Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe of Abia South.

 

 

 

However; the Senate went ahead to adopt the motion with additional recommendation for a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate all cases of human rights violations with the view to prosecuting offenders. ‎

 

You will recall that the motion by Senator Umoru was stood down from the Senate’s Order Paper for Tuesday because of the Senator was absent from plenary.

 

In a related development; the House of Representatives has demanded the suspension of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Executive Order number 6.

   

The order seeks to restrain owners of assets under investigation from carrying out any further transaction on such assets.

 

During debate on the issue in plenary yesterday, the lawmakers called for an investigation into the constitutional compliance of all subsidiary legislation and executive orders issued by the executive.

 

The motion sponsored by Nicholas Ossai and supported by twenty seven other lawmakers, says the Executive Order appears to hijack and usurp legislative and judicial powers.‎

  

However Mojeed Alabi who represents Osun West federal constituency argued that the Executive Order was issued in good faith and does not infringe on the legitimate right of a citizen.

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