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Presidency, Malami Plot To Deport Atiku To Cameroon Over Presidential Ambition
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Presidency, Malami Plot To Deport Atiku To Cameroon Over Presidential Ambition

Political weights in the Presidency aided by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, are intensifying plans to drown Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s 2023 presidential ambition with a court order that would label him a citizen of Cameroon and ineligible for the contest. SaharaReporters gathered from top sources that the eventual plan of the Aso Rock conspirators and the AGF is to have Atiku deported to Cameroon, away from the country during the 2023 elections. Although the AGF has denied instituting any citizenship case against former Vice president Atiku, sources said Malami and his cohorts are acting through proxies and non-governmental organisations which are positioned to actualise the drowning of Atiku’s presidential ambition. “I can confir...
Atiku Not Fit To Contest For President, His Parents Are Cameroonians – Malami
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Atiku Not Fit To Contest For President, His Parents Are Cameroonians – Malami

Nigeria’s Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has told a Federal High Court in Abuja that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is not eligible under the constitution to contest for President. Malami said this in an affidavit in support of a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/177/2019 and filed before the court by the Incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission for Africa (EMA). EMA is challenging Atiku’s eligibility to contest for President and praying the court to hold among others, that considering the provisions of sections 25(1) &(2) and 131(a) of the constitution and the circumstances surrounding his birth, the former Vice President cannot contest for the top office. Although the suit was filed before the 2019 presidential election, ...
How AGF Ignored Warnings While Pushing For Payment Of Suspicious N159B Debts
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How AGF Ignored Warnings While Pushing For Payment Of Suspicious N159B Debts

Mr Malami received at least three warnings, including an EFCC report intimating him that at least a part of the debts is unjustifiable. But he seems to have disregarded them all. By Ade Adesomoju The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has for years disregarded repeated warnings against the suspicious $418 million judgment debts said to be owed by the states and their local governments with respect to the Paris Club refunds, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report today. But despite the warnings, including a report by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), against the legitimacy of the debts, the minister has been contributing to what anti-corruption activists consider a desperate push for the settlement of the purported cr...
FG Delegation Arrives In Katsina Over Central Market Fire
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FG Delegation Arrives In Katsina Over Central Market Fire

A Federal Government delegation visited the burnt Katsina Central Market on Tuesday. The delegation was led by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and included the Minister of Internal Affairs, Rauf Aregbesola; his colleague in charge of the Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Special Development ministry, Hajiya Sadia Farouq; Minister for Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi; Minister of Aviation, Hadi Srika; and the spokesman for the President, Garba Shehu. The Special Adviser to Governor Aminu Masari on Market Development, Mallam Abubakar Yusuf, stated that some traders lost huge amount of cash kept inside their shops as over 1,000 shops in the market were razed on Monday. He stated, “The fire incident is a real disaster. N...
Why Adamu Can Remain IGP Till 2023 Or 2024 – Buhari, Malami
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Why Adamu Can Remain IGP Till 2023 Or 2024 – Buhari, Malami

President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, have declared support for the argument that the law permits the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to remain in office till 2023 or 2024. They contended that the President is allowed by law to extend the IGP’s tenure as he wishes. PREMIUM TIMES reported that Mr Adamu had canvassed the argument to counter a suit filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge the extension of his tenure by three months as from February 1. President Buhari and the AGF’s position on the suit, adopting in full Mr Adamu’s earlier argument on the crucial issue of how long an IGP can remain in office, is contained in their joint reply filed Monday. PREMIUM TIMES obtained the joint reply of...
Why I Recommended Bawa For EFCC Job – Malami
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Why I Recommended Bawa For EFCC Job – Malami

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, says he recommended Abdulrasheed Bawa for the chairmanship of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission because of his high level of dedication and capacity. Malami, in an exclusive interview, said contrary to reports that he singlehandedly picked Bawa to be the chairman of the EFFC, four names were submitted to the president for consideration and Bawa was subsequently picked.Malami also denied being related to the EFCC boss.“I am happy that most of the comments made are not on his capacity, intelligence, competence and associated ability to deliver. His capacity to deliver was never questioned across the nation.“The question is whether justice has been served, whether public interest has been serve...
Ibori’s Loot Will Fund 2nd Niger Bridge, Lagos–Ibadan, Abuja–Kano Expressways – FG
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Ibori’s Loot Will Fund 2nd Niger Bridge, Lagos–Ibadan, Abuja–Kano Expressways – FG

The federal government says the £4.2m loot recovered from James Ibori, former governor of Delta state, will be used to fund three infrastructural projects including the second Niger bridge. Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), listed the two other projects as the Lagos–Ibadan and Abuja–Kano expressways. The government had earlier deployed $321 million loot recovered from Sani Abacha, former head of state, for the construction of the same projects. The fresh loot was seized from Ibori who was convicted of fraud and money laundering by a UK court in 2012. It will be returned to Nigeria following a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed on Tuesday by the federal government and the UK. At the MoU signing in Abuja, Malami said Nigeria remains committed...
Over ₦527 Billion Ibori Loot Still Being Expected – Malami
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Over ₦527 Billion Ibori Loot Still Being Expected – Malami

The Federal Government says over £100m (N527bn), allegedly stolen by a former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, and his associates is still being expected. The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), said this on Channels Television’s Politics Today’ programme on Tuesday. Malami, who is also the Minister of Justice, said apart from the Ibori loot, $100m traced to the late Head of State, Gen Sani Abacha, was also being expected. He said, “As it is we have succeeded in recovering £4.2m from the UK. We are still pursuing other assets even as it relates to the Ibori assets. “The quantum of the amount involved was within the region of over £100m (N2.2bn) and it is out of it that we have succeeded in recovering a fraction of £4.2m and we are still pursuing ...
I Never Instructed EFCC, CCB To Begin Fresh Case Against Tinubu – Malami
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I Never Instructed EFCC, CCB To Begin Fresh Case Against Tinubu – Malami

Abubakar Malami (SAN), Attorney-General and Minister of Justice on Tuesday said he never instructed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC ) and Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to institute a fresh case against Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos state and national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Malami, who spoke while featuring as a guest while featuring on Channels Television programme ‘Politics Today’ monitored by Daily Independent however said both the EFCC and the CCB have constitutional powers to act in accordance with the laws establishing them. He said only Abdulrasheed Bawa, the EFCC chairman and his counterpart in the CCB can speak on the issue. “The office of the Attorney-General as you rightly know has not filed any action be...
Court Summons Malami, Magu To Testify In Maina’s Trial
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Court Summons Malami, Magu To Testify In Maina’s Trial

A Federal High Court in Abuja has issued a subpoena compelling the Attorney General of the federation, Abubakar Malami and former chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, to testify in the ongoing case against former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina. The subpoena signed on 8th March by presiding Judge Justice Okon Abang, ordered 10 persons to come before the court on 9th,10th and 11th March to testify in Mr Maina’s defence. Others who were also subpoenaed include Femi Falana, M. Mustapha, Hassan Salihu, Mohammed Wakil, G.T Idris, Kenneth Amabem, Ibrahim Kaigama and the director of compliance, Central Bank of Nigeria. The first defence witness in the case, Ngozika Ihuoma, had alleged that Mr Magu misappropriated 222 properties worth N1.63 trillion recovered...
2023 Presidency: APC Cabals Pencil Down Amosun As Running Mate For AGF, Malami
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2023 Presidency: APC Cabals Pencil Down Amosun As Running Mate For AGF, Malami

Powerbrokers in the All Progressives Congress and the Presidency are considering pairing a former Governor of Ogun State and serving senator, Ibikunle Amosun, to run as Vice-President with the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, as the President to succeed Muhammadu Buhari ahead of 2023. SaharaReporters learnt that apart from both Amosun and Malami being strong allies of President Buhari, the party hopes to play the card of their being relatively young before Nigerians. Top sources in the APC stated that by the party’s membership revalidation exercise which will end on March 31 and the ongoing probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the cabal believed that it had weakened the influence of former Lagos State Governor and APC National Leader, Bola Ti...
UK Government to Return £4.2m James Ibori Loot to Nigerian Government
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UK Government to Return £4.2m James Ibori Loot to Nigerian Government

The British Government has announced plans to return £4.2million funds recovered from friends and family members of convicted former Delta state governor, James Ibori. The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms. Catriona Laing, disclosed this at a ceremony for the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between both the Nigerian and UK government in Abuja today March 9. She said this was the first tranche of such planned returns. She added that what is being returned to the Nigerian government was retrieved from friends and family members of Ibori. She noted the Ibori case is complicated and the United Kingdom authorities were still working on the total actual amount involved in the case. The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Mala...
Malami To Pursue 2023 Presidential Ambition With Firm Control Of EFCC Fund – SR
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Malami To Pursue 2023 Presidential Ambition With Firm Control Of EFCC Fund – SR

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has begun moves to take a shot at the 2023 presidency, SaharaReporters has learnt. Malami's bid, it was further gathered, will rely heavily on funds in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission under the care of the new chairmanship. SaharaReporters learnt that Malami, who has the new EFCC Chairman, 40-year-old Abdulrasheed Bawa, in his pocket, has shelved his earlier ambition of contesting the Kebbi State governorship election and is rather eyeing the Presidency. It was gathered that Malami would use his influence in the Presidency to attempt to change the permutations in the All Progressives Congress or rather look for another party as cover to pursue his ambition. “The AGF has upgraded to...
Malami Asks President Buhari To Disband Itse Sagay’s PACAC
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Malami Asks President Buhari To Disband Itse Sagay’s PACAC

Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-Gen­eral of the Federa­tion and Minister of Justice, has recommended the disbandment of the Pres­idential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) headed by Prof. Itse Sagay to President Muhammadu Bu­hari. Sources said Malami’s argument was that the com­mittee has outlived its useful­ness and should be disbanded like the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP) formerly under the supervision of Okoi Obo­no-Obla. President Buhari disband­ed the SPIP in September 2019 and transferred the du­ties of the panel to Malami. PACAC was established in August 2015, with the mandate to promote the reform agenda of the gov­ernment on the anti-corrup­tion effort, and to advise the present administration in the pro...
Malami Won’t Let Bawa Succeed As EFCC Chairman – Sagay
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Malami Won’t Let Bawa Succeed As EFCC Chairman – Sagay

Itse Sagay, chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), says he is worried that Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, may interfere in the duties of Abdulrasheed Bawa, newly-appointed chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The senate on Tuesday, confirmed Bawa as substantive chairman of the EFCC after screening him for over two hours. In an interview with The PUNCH, Sagay who described Malami as a politician said the power of the AGF must be checked so as not to control the activities of the anti-graft agency. He faulted the fact that Malami and Bawa come from the same state, adding that both might even be related. “This issue is a very big question because I noticed that they both come from the same s...
FG May Not Unfreeze EndSARS Protesters Account – Malami
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FG May Not Unfreeze EndSARS Protesters Account – Malami

The Attorney-General of the federation, Abubakar Malami has said the Federal Government is still contemplating options allowed by the law if or not to unfreeze the bank accounts of 20 #EndSARS protesters. A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday set aside the order it made on November 4, 2020, freezing accounts linked with some promoters of the #EndSARS protesters that took place across the country last year. Justice Ahmed Mohammed, in the ruling, ordered all affected banks to “immediately unfreeze the affected accounts.’ The AGF who spoke on Sunrise Daily on Channels Tv regarding the court order said a lot of factors has to be considered as regard compliance with the court order. According to Malami, the Federal Government has multiple options before complying under the law...
AGF Malami Denies 2023 Governorship Campaign Posters
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AGF Malami Denies 2023 Governorship Campaign Posters

Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has rubbished reports claiming that his 2023 governorship campaign posters have flooded streets in Kebbi State. Malami’s response to the reports was disclosed in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr Umar Jibrilu-Gwandu in Birnin Kebbi on Friday. Jibrilu-Gwandu, in the statement, said: “Our attention has been drawn to the fictitious, mischievous report claiming that the posters of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice vying for the 2023 governorship poll have flooded everywhere in the state. “We have gone round the city with journalists; they have seen it by themselves that the report lacked iota of truth. We have not seen any of such posters in Birnin Kebbi. “We, therefore, want...
FG Asks EFCC To Forward Cases On Patience Jonathan
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FG Asks EFCC To Forward Cases On Patience Jonathan

The Federal Government has asked the acting Chairman of the Eco­nomic and Financial Crimes Com­mission (EFCC), Mohammed Umar Abba, to make available details of all cases concerning former first lady, Patience Jonathan. A presidency source revealed that Abubakar Malami, the Attor­ney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, gave the direc­tive and extended it to include rela­tives of former President Goodluck Jonathan. According to the source, the direc­tive may be ominous but Dayo Apata, the Solicitor-General of the Feder­ation and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice, has communicated the government’s position to the EFCC. The source told Daily Indepen­dent that the EFCC is expected to give a comprehensive update of investigation into cases involvi...
Abubakar Malami Denies NDDC Bribe Allegation, Calls For Exposure Of Culprits
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Abubakar Malami Denies NDDC Bribe Allegation, Calls For Exposure Of Culprits

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has denied allegation of bribery levelled against him. According to a statement signed yesterday by the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, was claimed to have offered Malami gratification in respect of the appointment of a sole administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission. “The report, as any fake news, was marred by evincing contradictions, figment of imagination, sheer fabrications and filthy assumptions of mischief makers and detractors”, the statement read in part. “The AGF hereby makes an outright denial of the report in i...
Criticise Buhari Again And Be Crucified – Islamic Cleric Dares Kukah
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Criticise Buhari Again And Be Crucified – Islamic Cleric Dares Kukah

A Sokoto-based Islamic cleric, Abubakar Malami, has warned the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, to desist from challenging the Nigerian government or risk being crucified. This development comes amidst the severe criticisms surrounding the bishop's Christmas message and subsequent statements he has made. In a video sent to SaharaReporters, Malami, during a sermon, said if Kukah continues challenging the government, the bishop will be crucified and there will be no one to stop it. "Not even the government will be able to stop us," he said, towards the end of the video. The cleric, who spoke in Hausa, said, "Matthew Hassan Kukah is already cursed by Allah. Therefore, if Kukah challenges the government, he will be crucified. We will not listen to anybod...
Hoodlums Wearing Army Uniform Behind Lekki Shooting – Malami
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Hoodlums Wearing Army Uniform Behind Lekki Shooting – Malami

Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), says it is likely that hoodlums wearing military fatigues — and not soldiers — shot #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos state. About two weeks ago, protests calling for the disbandment of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) took flight across the country. The police unit was disbanded but the protests persisted as citizens demanded reforms in the force. Protesters converged on the tollgate for 13 days before they were forcefully dispersed by soldiers. There are reports that some of the protesters were killed by the soldiers who stormed the tollgate on October 20, 2020, but there are disparities in the number of casualties and no clear evidence has been produced. Speaking with journalists on Monda...
This Government Is Determined To End Impunity – Abubakar Malami
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This Government Is Determined To End Impunity – Abubakar Malami

Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, says the federal government is determined to end impunity. The minister said this in a statement Umar Gwandu, his special assistant on media and public relations, issued on his behalf. The statement is in commemoration of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, which is celebrated on November 2 every year. He said it is gratifying to note that “Nigeria is no longer among the countries with impunity for crimes against journalists”, referring to the 2020 Global Index for Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists released on Wednesday by the Committee to Protect Journalists. The report indicated that Nigeria is the only country that came off the index from 2019.  Malami said b...
Sagay Panel Accuses Malami Of Aborting High-profile Criminal Cases
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Sagay Panel Accuses Malami Of Aborting High-profile Criminal Cases

The Prof. Itse Sagay-led Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, on Wednesday, accused the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), of having well-known proclivity for aborting high-profile criminal cases in favour of major political and governmental figures. The PACAC, in a statement signed by Sagay, and released by the Communications Unit of the committee, said this while reacting to the proposed bill for the amendment of the establishment Act of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. While arguing that the proposed amendment of the Act was part of “an ongoing very sinister and dangerous attempt to demolish the anti-corruption infrastructure of Nigeria and return it to the situation it was in during the dark days befo...
PDP Reps Sue Malami, Lai Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code
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PDP Reps Sue Malami, Lai Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code

Members of the Peoples Democratic Party caucus in the House of Representatives have sued the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN; Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; and the National Broadcasting Commission over the 6th National Broadcast Code recently released by the National Broadcasting Commission. Chairman of the PDP caucus, Mr Kingsley Chinda, told Saturday PUNCH on Thursday that the lawmakers would also sue the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.); Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Sen Chris Ngige; Minister of State, Festus Keyamo, SAN; and the National Directorate of Employment over the recruitment of 774,000 for the Federal Government’s Public Works Scheme. Chinda said, “We cautioned that ...
I Will Gladly Testify Before Salami Panel – Malami Replies Magu
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I Will Gladly Testify Before Salami Panel – Malami Replies Magu

The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), says he will be glad to testify before the Justice Ayo Salami-led Presidential panel if he is summoned. He said this during an interview on Arise TV on Wednesday which was monitored by our correspondent. Malami, who is also the Minister of Justice, was reacting to a letter by the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, calling on Salami to summon the AGF. The AGF said he had nothing to hide and would not hesitate to give the Salami-led panel the full cooperation if need be. Responding to a question, Malami said, “So, if indeed the Ayo Salami panel invites Abubakar Malami as a person or the AGF in the person of Abubakar Malami for any testimony, for any clarificati...
P&ID: Heads May Roll – Malami
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P&ID: Heads May Roll – Malami

Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, Tuesday, said all Nigerians complicit in the award of the gas supply and processing contract with Process & Industrial Development would not go scot-free. He said the contract was signed because some Nigerians were compromised. He said: “From the investigation, it became clear that there were local compromises,” he said. “The questions we asked was who are the characters involved in Nigeria? “It is only logical that when you are committing a nation to a contract that has economic implications, that due diligence must be done. “We have institutions like NIA, DSS, the police and Interpol that can conduct the due diligence. “But because the intention from the beginning was never for the contract to be executed, all the...
Summon Malami To Face Panel – Ex-EFCC Chair, Ibrahim Magu Fights Back
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Summon Malami To Face Panel – Ex-EFCC Chair, Ibrahim Magu Fights Back

The former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu has called on the Presidential Panel investigating him for fraud and abuse of office to also summon the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami. The suspended Ex-EFCC chair wrote to the Presidential Panel to subpoena Malami. In the letter signed by his lawyer, Wahab Shittu, Magu stated that Malami should appear to give evidence and tender relevant documents on his memo to the president accusing him of abuse of office. POLITICS NIGERIA learned that the letter read in part: "The acting chairman of EFCC is not acting in the overall best interest of the country and the policies of this administration due to its mismanagement and lack of transparency in managing recovered assets; ...
P&ID Scandal: British Court Judgement Shows Malami Lied Against Magu
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P&ID Scandal: British Court Judgement Shows Malami Lied Against Magu

Contrary to the claim of the attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is partly to blame for Nigeria’s failure to originally secure a stay of execution of the award of $8.9 billion (about N3.2 trillion) in favour of P&ID, details of Friday’s judgement by a British Commercial Court revealed that the EFCC’s investigation was instrumental to the favourable judgement obtained by the country. The Commercial Court granted Nigeria’s appeal for a stay of execution of the award of $8.9 billion (about N3.2 trillion) in favour of P&ID, a controversial British firm that secured a gas contract in Nigeria. On Friday, the Royal Courts of Justice Strand, London, WC2A 2LL presided over by Justice Ross Cranston said following...
Malami Has No Power To Grant Approval To Northern Lawyers ‘new NBA’ – Sagay
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Malami Has No Power To Grant Approval To Northern Lawyers ‘new NBA’ – Sagay

Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN),Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) has said Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice has no powers to grant approval to the formation of a parallel body of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) known as ‘New NBA’. The breakaway group, was formed following the controversy created by the dis-invitation of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai by the NBA as speaker at its just concluded Annual General Meeting (AGM). In a statement by two lawyers, Nuhu Ibrahim (Convener 1) and Abdulbasit Suleiman (Convener 2), explained that the formation of the ‘New NBA’ was aimed at protecting their interests as enshrined under Section 40 of the constitution. They also said they have notified Malami of the existence of the ...
Northern Lawyers Write Malami Over Formation Of New Bar Association
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Northern Lawyers Write Malami Over Formation Of New Bar Association

Some aggrieved Northern lawyers who pulled out from the recently concluded Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) conference had written to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami informing him about the formation of a new group known as New Nigerian Bar Association (NNBA). This was contained in a letter dated 28th August 2020 and signed by the conveners of the new group, Barrister Nuhu Ibrahim and Barrister Abdulbasit Suleiman and obtained by the Nigerian Tribune on Sunday. The letter affirmed that the formation of the new group has become imperative and expedient.The letter stated that this was especially as a result of the disposition of NBA NEC which failed to take into consideration our national interests and particularly do not promote the unity of our indissoluble...
EFCC: AGF Malami Clears Air On Conspiring Against Magu
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EFCC: AGF Malami Clears Air On Conspiring Against Magu

Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, has described as false reports that he conspired with a lawyer to testify against Ibrahim Magu, the suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Malami made the denial in a statement signed by his spokesman, Umar Gwandu and made available to reporters on Monday. The statement said that report about the Malami’s involvement with one Donald Wokoma was false. The statement reads: “The attention of the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has been drawn to a flimsy allegation made by one, Victor Giwa, Esq accusing the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN of conniving with one ...
Hope Uzodinma Petitions NJC, AGF Over ‘supreme Court Governor’ Tag By PDP
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Hope Uzodinma Petitions NJC, AGF Over ‘supreme Court Governor’ Tag By PDP

Hope Uzodimma, governor of Imo state, has petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC) and Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, over the tag “supreme court governor” used to describe him by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In January, Emeka Ihedioha was sacked as Imo state governor following the apex court ruling that Uzodinma was the duly elected governor of the state on the grounds that results from 388 polling units were excluded when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the final tally in March 2019. In the petition which was also addressed to the leadership of the national assembly, Batos Chikezie, special adviser to Uzodinma on political matters, asked that Ogubundu Nwadike, the publicity secretary for PDP in the state, and ot...
‘I Owned Lucrative Businesses’ — Malami Writes Buhari Over Corruption Allegation
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‘I Owned Lucrative Businesses’ — Malami Writes Buhari Over Corruption Allegation

Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF) and minister of justice, has written to President Muhammadu Buhari, denying the allegations of corruption levelled against him. A coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) had asked the president to probe Malami over “14 high-profile corruption cases”. The CSOs listed “financial fraud” and “influence peddling” among the allegations levelled against the AGF, while calling for his resignation. Malami was also accused of “illegally” auctioning sea vessels holding crude oil seized by the federal government. Reacting to the allegations, Malami said he needed to write to the presidency in order to clear his name, and that he would also seek redress in court. According to Vanguard, the minister said in his letter ...
Malami Threatens to Sue Sahara Reporters for Causing him Psychological Trauma and Distress
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Malami Threatens to Sue Sahara Reporters for Causing him Psychological Trauma and Distress

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) has threatened to sue Sahara Reporters over alleged libelous and defamatory publications against him. In a statement released by his spokesperson Umar Gwandu on Monday July 13, Malami threatened to sue the news platform if they fail to retract stories published about him on July 10, 11 and 12, 2020. He added that the reports have caused him considerable distress, psychological trauma and anxiety. The statement read;   “Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, vowed to take legal action against Sahara Reporters on account of defamatory publications made against him. “Malami said, the consequence of the criminal defamation published by Sahara Reporter...
Magu quizzed over 380 houses, 7 crude oil-laden ships, N37bn assets
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Magu quizzed over 380 houses, 7 crude oil-laden ships, N37bn assets

Suspended Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu was on Wednesday July 8 grilled and asked to account for 380 houses and seven vessels loaded with crude oil. He was also grilled on disposal of assets worth N37 billion by Justice Ayo Salami-led Presidential panel. The allegations were reportedly levelled against him by Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN). Vanguard reported that the panel started quizzing Magu on Monday after his arrest by detectives in Abuja. On Tuesday, he was grilled on cash discrepancies said to be N539 billion realised from the sale of seized assets and N504 billion declared by the commission. The suspended acting chairman of the anti-graft agency was grilled on the ground f...
Buhari Considers Sack, Prosecution Of Ibrahim Magu
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Buhari Considers Sack, Prosecution Of Ibrahim Magu

Barring last minute reprieve, Ibrahim Magu, acting Chair­man, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), may not only be on his way out of office, but also may be looking towards days of accounting for alleged infrac­tions preferred against him by Abubakar Malami, the Attor­ney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Saturday INDEPENDENT can exclusively report. Impeccable presidency sources said on Friday that President Muhammadu Bu­hari had given Malami approv­al to investigate and prosecute Magu following his memo­randum, where he itemised 22 weighty allegations against the EFCC chairman, who has occupied the office for nearly five years in acting capacity. The sources said the EFCC chairman will temporarily hand over the anti-graft agency to the next mos...
Rape in Nigeria: FG Finally Sets up Gender Based Violence Management Committee
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Rape in Nigeria: FG Finally Sets up Gender Based Violence Management Committee

President Muhammadu Buhari led government has announced the immediate inauguration of a Gender-Based Violence Management Committee. Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, said this in a statement sent to DAILY POST on Thursday. He condemned the prevalent and rising incidence of rape and sexual assault in the country. Malami said incidents of rape cases in the country have increased dramatically in the last few weeks, resulting in the brutal murder of some victims. The statement observed that the development has sparked outrage in Nigeria and abroad. The minister noted the Federal Ministry of Justice has identified with calls for national response against rape and sexual assault in the country. Malami said in fulfillment of the Min...
Taraba Killings: Confessions Of Killer Soldiers Shielded From Trial By Malami
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Taraba Killings: Confessions Of Killer Soldiers Shielded From Trial By Malami

The curious decision of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, (SAN), to drop charges against 10 soldiers in the case involving an alleged Taraba State kidnapping kingpin, Bala Hamisu, could be described as a brazen attempt to make a mockery of the nation’s criminal justice system. Hamisu, popularly known as Wadume, had in his statement identified his accomplices, including 10 soldiers and two policemen. They are Captain Tijjani Balarabe; Staff Sgt. David Isaiah; Sgt. Ibrahim Mohammed; Corporal Bartholomew Obanye; Private Mohammed Nura; Lance Corporal Okorozie Gideon and Corporal Markus Michael. Others are L/Corporal Nvenaweimoeimi Akpagra; Staff Sgt. Abdullahi Adamu, and Private Ebele Emmanuel, ASP Aondona Iorbee, and one Ahmad Suleiman (aka...
We’ll Prosecute Nigerians Evading tax on Foreign Properties – AGF Abubakar Malami
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We’ll Prosecute Nigerians Evading tax on Foreign Properties – AGF Abubakar Malami

Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation (AGF) has announced that the federal government will henceforth prosecute anyone found guilty of evading payment of tax on foreign properties. Malami who advised defaulters to take advantage of the voluntary offshore assets regularisation scheme (VOARS) to declare and regularise their assets, added that any bank or intermediary that is found to have helped any citizen conceal foreign properties will pay a fine equivalent to the cost of the property.   The statement reads;   “For defaulters who may be tempted to continue concealment of their offshore assets, Executive Order 008 as amended stipulates that any domestic or foreign bank, asset manager or intermediary that cooperates with defaulters, enabling th...
Boss Mustapha got away with it
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Boss Mustapha got away with it

Who is the Presidency?” Remember that arrogant retort which the disgraced former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, David Babachir Lawal, fired back at reporters when they informed him that his suspension had just been announced by the Presidency back in April 2017? To understand this question better you need to know that the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation is equivalent to the Cabinet Office in the Parliamentary system. It is the engine room of the Federal Government. It is sometimes called The Presidency. Babachir was not a figurehead occupant of that office. He was deeply entrenched in the Buhari system (still is, evidence of which will be shown shortly). Perhaps, that question meant: if I am suspended should I not know before you? The su...
“I Deliberately Referred To Abacha Loot As “Abacha’s Assets” – Malami
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“I Deliberately Referred To Abacha Loot As “Abacha’s Assets” – Malami

Abubakar Malami SAN, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice has faulted those criticising him for describing the recently repatriated Abacha loots as ” Abacha assets. Malami in a statement said while the money was a loot, it automatically becomes an assets when it is returned to the federal government. “Attention of the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has been drawn to needless media hype relating to purported characterization of the recovered assets associated with former Head of State, General Sani Abacha as “Abacha Assets”. The office maintained that the choice of words was deliberate”. “It is to be noted that by way of antecedence that Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has been consi...
It’s Insulting For United States To Give Conditions On Abacha’s Loot – Sagay
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It’s Insulting For United States To Give Conditions On Abacha’s Loot – Sagay

Speaking in an interview on Monday, the professor of law said it undermines the sovereignty of Nigeria for the United States to give conditions on the use of the money by the Nigerian Government. Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, Prof Itse Sagay (SAN), has reacted to the return of $300m looted by the late dictator, Sani Abacha. Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, confirmed the return of the looted funds on Monday in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr Umar Gwandu. Speaking in an interview with SaharaReporters on Monday, the professor of law said it undermines the sovereignty of Nigeria for the United States to give conditions on the use of the money by the Nigerian Gov...
FG Receives $311m Abacha Loot From US and Bailiwick of Jersey
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FG Receives $311m Abacha Loot From US and Bailiwick of Jersey

The Federal government has received $311,797,866.11, the third tranche of the former head of state, late General Sani Abacha loot, from the United States and the Bailiwick of Jersey. Attorney-General of Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, disclosed this in a statement released today May 4 by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr Umar Gwandu. According to Malami, the amount increased significantly from over $308 million mentioned in an earlier statement in February to over $311million as a result of the interest that accrued from February 3 to April 28, when the fund was transferred to the Central Bank of Nigeria. Malami said the latest recovery would support and assist in expediting the construction of three major infrastructure projects acro...
Attorney-General, Malami Asks Governors To Decongest Prisons Immediately
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Attorney-General, Malami Asks Governors To Decongest Prisons Immediately

The Attorney -General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami , SAN, has written to state governors on the need for speedy decongestion of custodial centres (prisons) in the country due to the COVID -19 pandemic . A statement by the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations , Office of the AGF, Umar Gwandu, said the letters were dated April 9, 2020, and entitled ‘ Urgent need for speedy decongestion of custodial centres’ . Malami, in the letter, noted that from the available records, the inmate population at the various custodial centres across the country stood at 74, 127, out of which 52 ,226 inmates were awaiting trial persons . The AGF expressed regret that most of the centres were housing inmates beyond their capacities . According to him , the d...
President Buhari Granted Freedom To 2,600 Inmates Nationwide
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President Buhari Granted Freedom To 2,600 Inmates Nationwide

President Muhammad Buhari has granted presidential pardon to about 2,600 inmates nationwide. Out of the said number, 70 inmates will be released today from Kuje maximum custodial centre. At an ongoing press conference in Abuja, Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, after the release of the first face, the committe will continue to meet regularly to consider those who deserve the benefit. Also speaking, Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said the United Nations had called the nation’s of the world to reduce the number of inmates in custodial centres in view of social distancing attitude. While describing the flag off of the 2020 presidential pardon as historic, Malami said the process of selecting benefiaries started in 2018. He warned the beneficiaries to desist from...
I’m not Involved in Sanusi’s Dethronement – AGF Abubakar Malami
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I’m not Involved in Sanusi’s Dethronement – AGF Abubakar Malami

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has denied having a hand in Sanusi Lamido Sanusi's dethronement as Emir of Kano. In a lawsuit filed before a federal high court in Abuja, Sanusi reportedly accused the Attorney General of Kano State, Ibrahim Muktar and the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN) of instructing operatives of the Department of State Services and police to detain him after his dethronement. In a statement released on Sunday March 15 by Malami's special assistant on media and public relations Umar Gwandu, the AGF who denied the allegation added that he won't comment further since the case is already in court. Malami said;   "I'm not in any way connected with the dethronement of the former Em...
Malami Reveals how Nigeria Can End Farmers/Herdsmen Crisis
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Malami Reveals how Nigeria Can End Farmers/Herdsmen Crisis

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, says stakeholder engagement will resolve the protracted farmer/herder’s conflict in Nigeria. He gave the suggestion at the AB Dikko memorial symposium held on Saturday in Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State. Malami noted that the challenge required real-time and practically-oriented solutions. “The better approach towards resolving the crisis over the short, medium and long terms is to directly involve the stakeholders in the coming up with solutions at the conception, implementation and monitoring phases,” he said. He added that community-oriented approach would yield greater dividend “in diffusing and eventually eliminating the menace that has retarded economic developm...
Buhari Govt Won’t Give Kebbi Gov, Atiku $100m – Malami
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Buhari Govt Won’t Give Kebbi Gov, Atiku $100m – Malami

President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is unsettled by the reports that the United States was opposed to its alleged plan to hand $100million to Kebbi Governor, Atiku Bagudu, from the recovered Sani Abacha loot. The government is scrambling to debunk the news widely reported by the Nigerian media and has issued another statement less than 24 hours after the first. In a statement Friday night, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, called the reports unfounded and baseless. On Saturday, Malami issued another rejoinder, wherein he stated that the Nigerian government did not intend and would not give anyone a cut from the repatriated fund. A statement by Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, his Special Assistant on Media, describe...
Court Orders FG To Pay Fine Of N200,000 To Sowore, Bakare
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Court Orders FG To Pay Fine Of N200,000 To Sowore, Bakare

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Nigerian Government to pay N200,000 each to Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, who are both standing trial in a case brought against them by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. Ojukwu’s action was necessitated by the prosecution’s sloppy showing on Wednesday where A. Aliyu standing in for the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), tried to slow down proceedings and further delay the commencement of the trial proper by making several false statements.
United States Summons Malami, Others To Washington Over Human Rights
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United States Summons Malami, Others To Washington Over Human Rights

The United States-Nigeria Bi-national Commission has summoned five ministers from Nigeria to discuss issues of trade, investment and particularly Nigeria's worsening human rights record. The meeting is set to take place from February 1 to 3, 2020 in Washington DC. We can confirm that two ministers have already left for the United States via the United Kingdom on Friday morning. The ministers attending the meeting are Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sadiya Umar Faruk, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. Others are Abubakar Malami, Nigeria's Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (retd), Minister of Defence, and National Sec...

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