SENATOR KABIRU Marafa
(APC Zamfara Central), has
faulted his trial by the Senate
and asked the court to annul
all standing committees of the
upper legislative chamber.
The senator, who is the
spokesperson of the Senate
Unity Forum, SUF, approached
the court to halt the process.
In a letter to the Senate
President, Dr. Abubakar
Bukola Saraki, and dated 18th
of February, 2016, Marafa
drew the Senate’s attention
to a case pending before an
Abuja High Court against the
alleged illegal constitution
of 65 Senate Committees and
submitted that until that case
was determined, the Senate
could not investigate or try
him using same committees.
The Senate had on Tuesday
asked its Committee on Ethics,
Privileges and Public Petitions
to try Marafa for allegedly
making an uncomplimentary
remark against it.
Marafa’s letter to the Senate
president was written by his
lawyer, Chief Ademuyiwa
Adeniyi and Company.
“Commonsense requires that
the urgency of the Senate in
respect of the above matter is
unnecessary; it is thus prudent
by stepping it down for our
client’s case to be heard and
determined by a Court of
competent jurisdiction as
provided by section 36 (1) in
the constitut ion of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria”
“Nothing is more honourable
than allowing justice to take
its full course since this is
a jurisprudential principle
recognised by the extant rules
of the Senate,” he said in the
letter.
It would be recalled that
following the constitution of 65
new committees by the Senate
last year, Marafa had instituted
a case at the Abuja division
of the Federal High Court in
a suit titled “Senator Kabiru
Marafa Vs National Assembly
seeking the following reliefs:
A declaration that the
constitution of 65 Senate special
and Standing Committees was
ultra vires the Senate for failing
to comply with the extant
provision of section 62 (1)(2)
and (3) as circumscribed in
the constitution of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria.
A declaration that the
increase in the number of
Senate Committees from the 57
as contained in Orders 96, 97
and 99 of the Senate Standing
Orders 2015 as amended has
no justifiable legitimacy, illegal
and unlawful.
A declaration that the
re-designation of Senate
Committees by reducing their
areas of jurisdiction as set out
in the extant Senate Standing
Orders 2015 as amended is
ultra vires the Senate President
and any Committee of the
Senate.
“A declaration that the
nomination of senators to
serve as presiding officers
and appointment of principal
officers and other officers
of the Senate is contrary
to and in a violation of the
provision of Order 3 Rule 2
of the Senate standing Orders
2015 as amended and thus
void, unlawful, illegal and
unconstitutional,” among
other of his prayers


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