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Senate, Sagay in Cross Fire: Senate Doesn’t Have Authority to Summon Me – Sagay


The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Itse Sagay, has fired back after the Senate summoned him to appear before it for allegedly describing the Upper Chamber as ‘childish and irresponsible’.
On Tuesday, Senator resolved to suspend screening of Independent National Electoral Commission commissioners as submitted to it by President Muhammadu Buhari on the ground the executive arm of government refused to remove Ibrahim Magu, the acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, after the Senate twice rejected his confirmation as substantive Chairman of the anti-graft agency.
In reaction to the Senate resolution, Sagay had described the House as populated by people with questionable characters.
He was quoted as saying: “That action is childish and irresponsible. Do they think Buhari is a man that can easily be threatened? My God! How can people of such character occupy the highest legislative office in the country? Nigeria is finished.
“It is a great mistake and they will regret it.”
Not wanting to be defeated in the act of punching, the Senate summoned him at Wednesday’s plenary to appear before the House.
The Deputy Senate Leader, Bala Na’Allah, on Wednesday after reading Sagay’s comment to his colleagues, the Senators subsequently resolved to summon the senior lawyer to appear before the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to explain his statement.
But Sagay fired back: “They ought to know that I do not come within the category of persons they can summon. .
“I would advise them to tell their lawyers to check the Sections 89 and 89 of the Constitution. Through that, they will know I don’t come within that category.
“They don’t have authority to summon me. I am outside the group of persons they can summon. I am not a civil servant, I don’t belong to any Commission”, he added.

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