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Senate Investigates Malami, Dambazau In Camera



Indication emerged yesterday that senate will after all conduct investigation into circumstances leading to the return and reappointment and promotion of the former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Returns, Abdullahi Abdulrasheed Maina in the Ministry of Interior.
Senate will no longer make public the interrogation of the Attorney- General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) and his counterpart in Interior Ministry, Lt. General Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd).
The position of the Senate to conduct the investigation in secret on how Maina was readmitted into the civil service as a director, was made known yesterday at the maiden meeting of the  Ad- hoc Committee led by the chairman, Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Services, Senator Emmanuel Paulker, PDP, Bayelsa Central.
At the meeting with the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Abubakar Maigaji, yesterday and officials of the Federal Civil Service Commission, the committee categorically said that at the commencement of the proceedings, journalists would be barred from covering them.
Addressing journalists yesterday, chairman of the Committee, Senator Paulker who noted that the committee would make its findings known at the end of the investigation, however said that the committee would be transparent before, during and after the investigations, adding that nobody will be witch hunted.
Senator Paulker said, “It should be stated for the purpose of emphasis that the National Assembly, which is constitutionally saddled with the responsibilities to perform this exercise, is not expected to base its conclusion on the preponderance of views being expressed from members of the public.



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