Dasukigate: Malami to face disciplinary panel over ‘prejudicial’ comment

Dasukigate: Malami to face disciplinary panel over ‘prejudicial’ comment

- Ex AGF, Abubakar Malami, will face a legal disciplinary panel over a prejudicial statement made against the detained former NSA, Sambo Dasuki

- Malami was quoted as saying, in an interview, that despite all subsisting court orders for his release on bail, the former NSA would not be released

- The NBA had been petitioned by the Dasuki family, which prayed for an investigation and sanction of Malami over his unprofessional conduct and utter disregard for the rule of law

- The family also asked the NBA to intervene in Dasuki’s ordeal and take action to compel the government to respect the rule of law

On Friday, June 14, Abubakar Malami, the immediate past attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, will face the disciplinary panel of the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee over a prejudicial statement made against the detained former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

The hearing notice, dated May 16, with reference number PET/LPPC/23/2018, was signed by the committee’s secretary, Patricia Orhomuru Esq, Premium Times reports.

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Legit.ng gathers that the notice read in part: “Take notice that the above matter is fixed for hearing by the Disciplinary Committee of the Legal Practitioner Privileged Committee of the Office of Registrar Supreme Court of Nigeria Abuja on June 14, 2019, at 11.00 o’clock in the forenoon.”

The former AGF is expected to face the panel over a statement credited to him in the Voice of America (VOA) Hausa Service on July 13, 2018, in which he was quoted as saying that despite all subsisting court orders for his release on bail, the former NSA would not be released.

Malami, in the audio recording of the interview, had accused Dasuki of being responsible for the deaths of over 100,000 Nigerians during the era of former president Goodluck Jonathan.

In the interview, the former AGF had stated: “Remember, we are talking about a person who was instrumental to the deaths of over 100,000 people. Are you saying that the rights of one person are more important than that of 100,000 who lost their lives?”

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) had been petitioned by the Dasuki family, which prayed for an investigation and sanction of Malami over his unprofessional conduct and utter disregard for the rule of law.

The family said Malami is likely to cause anarchy in the country through his promotion of disobedience to the lawful order of court by the federal government.

The petition was signed by the former NSA’s wife, Bintu Dasuki; his son, Abubakar Dasuki and his nephew, Umar Dahiru.

The family asserted that imposing sanctions against Malami will make other Nigerians respect the rule of law; lamenting that the ex AGF’s statement was prejudiced, unwarranted and unbecoming of a legal practitioner.

The family also asked the NBA to intervene in Dasuki’s ordeal and take action to compel the government to respect the rule of law and obey the court order granting bail to the former NSA.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Sokoto police command denied stopping the planned protest by family members of Sambo Dasuki over the continued detention of the former national security adviser by the federal government.

The family of the embattled Dasuki had planned a protest march from the city campus of the Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto to the State Government House to express their displeasure over his continued detention.

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