You can’t pass vote of no confidence on IGP – AGF Malami tells National Assembly
– Abubakar Malami said the National Assembly has no power to pass vote of no confidence on IGP Ibrahim Idris
– Malami said the fundamental functions of the legislature is lawmaking
– The Senate spokesperson has however disagreed with Malami
The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami has said the National Assembly does not have the legal power to pass a vote of no confidence on Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris.
Malami made the statement while speaking on a programme on Channels TV on June 6.
He said: “Within the purview of the constitution, if you look at Section 4 of the constitution alongside Section 88 of the constitution, I think the fundamental functions of the legislature is lawmaking within the context and spirit of Section 4 of the constitution and two, is oversight.
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“The oversight function is not open-ended in all sincerity. Within the context of the workings of the ministries, departments and agencies, the major responsibility of the National Assembly is exposing corruption. That is the bottom line.
“I cannot in all sincerity come to terms with the reality of the declaration of the vote of no confidence against the IG, to situate it within the context of the lawmaking responsibility of the national assembly and within the context of exposing corruption.”
Disagreeing with the minister of justice, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Gabi Abdullahi, said the Senate can contribute to other things apart from corruption.
Abdullahi said: “I don’t agree with that (Malami’s position) because that section says inefficiency or waste in the execution or administration of laws within its legislative competence and in the disbursement or administration of funds appropriated by it. So, it is not just the issue of corruption itself.”