As Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions opens trial on Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC), representing Zamfara Central Senatorial District on Monday, he has shunned the committee. The Senator, who is being investigated for media interviews he granted, which was considered against the 8th Senate, was absent from the hearing, stating that he had nothing to do with the Committee. However, the lead petitioner, Senator Matthew Urhovikhide (PDP) representing Edo South Senatorial District testified before the Committee and recounted his ordeal following the said media interviews by Marafa, condemning Senate’s proposal for car purchase. “My phone has been inundated since that interview by Marafa from my constituency, condemning me for caring for car in the Senate rather than concentrating on developing them”, Urhovikhide maintained. He added that Marafa had right of expression, but that he had impugned on his rights by saying that there was attrition in the Senate. “Senator Kabiru Marafa actually has right of expression, but he has gone beyond his bounds as a Senator to say that there was attrition in the Senate”, he said. Urhovikhide restated that he did not begrudge Senator Kabiru Marafa for any reason, noting that he remained a friend and a colleague whom he respects that much, but that the circumstances with which he put the Senate had compelled him to write petition. “Mr Chairman, Committee members I want stress that I hold no grudge against my friend and colleague, and I have respect for him, but with the damage he did to the 8th Senate, I hope the Committee will sanction him so that others will learn lesson in the future”, he said. Meanwhile, the Committee Clerk, while responding to question by the Committee Chairman, Senator Samuel Anyanwu stated that a letter was written officially asking him to appear before the Committee. He also said he called him on phone and even sent a text message reminding of the meeting, but that he later responded on phone that he had nothing to do with what the Committee was doing. “We wrote a letter to him officially without his initial response and to be sure, I phoned and sent a text message to him, it was then he said he had nothing to do with what the Committee was doing here”, Osolo said.