Professor Itse Sagay (SAN), Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACAC), has hit back at the senate, he stated that the Senate cannot order him to appear before it.
Sagay was reacting to a resolution by the Senate to summon him over comments he made against the chamber.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria insisted that the Senate lackedd the authority to summon a private citizen and that he did not fall within the category of government officials to honour any invitation.
Sagay said the lawmakers were embarking on a “futile” exercise that could have “embarrassing consequences”.
He said he only exercised his constitutionally guaranteed right to hold an opinion.
Sagay said “a government official can be summoned during a amendment of a law that affects the official’s agency, or where the official is directly involved in spending monies appropriated by the National Assembly.”
Sagay advised any Senator who felt that his reputation was damaged by his comments to seek redress in court.
He added that the Senate was not a court of law before whom he could be ordered to appear.