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Senate Has No Power To Summon IGP – Falana

by on May 12, 2018

Mr Femi Falana (SAN) has said the Senate got it wrong when it asked the President, or the Inspector General of Police to appear before it.

He said this when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, on Thursday, May 10, 2018.

Falana quoted sections of the Constitution to explain that the President or the governor of a state cannot be summoned by the National Assembly.

He said, “There is no such power given to NASS by the Constitution to summon everybody.

“It has given the President the discretion to address the National Assembly either jointly or separately on any matter of national importance.”

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“The Senate didn’t get it right this time around. By virtue of Section 67 of the Constitution, the National Assembly or either chamber can summon a Minister when the affairs of his or her ministries are under consideration.

“The only other occasion where a public officer can be summoned by the National Assembly is when proceedings are ongoing to expose corruption (Section 88) and when a law is being debated either with a view to amending it or to have a new law entirely.”

However, the senior advocate stated that the lawmakers can fix areas of the Constitution perceived as weak, rather than going beyond its limits as such actions can subject the institution to ridicule.

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  • Aye
    May 12, 2018 at 11:19 am

    It appears sad to hear a mediocre speaks in this manner. Lopsidedness or being bias has no place in the interpretation of matters like this. If the apex authority in the Executitive such as Mr President of the Federation under which the IGP functions can be summoned, who else within the ranks of the Executives the Congress or Parliament can’t summon? Lest you do not know: the IGP performs an executive functions but no longer a public servant once being appoint one. Though, the officer grew through the public service, he ceases to be a de-jure public servant from the moment of his or her appointment as IGP. Ordinarily, we know you knew about this, but just exploiting the weakness of Democracy. As most anti-Democratic elites would argue along the line of the saying that “if Moses has being a committee the Isrealites would still be in Egypt”. Committee here represents Democracy even as we erroneously practice it here in this side of the globe. Objective comments can come only from neutral individuals, not someone like you who is less Gani Fahemmi, your role model as you claimed sometime ago following his advise that made you to take up the student riot suits.


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