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Nigeria’s Attorney General, Malami Collapses In Sokoto, Hospitalised – SR
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Nigeria’s Attorney General, Malami Collapses In Sokoto, Hospitalised – SR

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami on Monday collapsed in Sokoto state. Malami was in Sokoto for the inauguration of the reconstructed State High Court complex by Governor Aminu Tambuwal. It was gathered that the minister collapsed after delivering his address at the ceremony and was quickly revived by his aides and dignitaries who helped him to stand. He was subsequently hospitalised at a private facility upon his return to Abuja. Malami however attended the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday but was returned to the hospital few hours later, a source said. Known to be interested in taking a shot at 2023 presidency, SaharaReporters had in the past exposed how Malami acquired several properties whose value run ...
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 ...
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 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...
No Evidence To Prosecute 33 Indicted SARS Operatives – AGF’s Committee
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No Evidence To Prosecute 33 Indicted SARS Operatives – AGF’s Committee

The Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation has said there is no sufficient evidence to prosecute the 33 operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad indicted in last year’s report of a Presidential Investigative Panel, Sunday PUNCH has learnt. The AGF’s office has therefore asked the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, to set up “a special investigation team” to conduct “thorough investigation” into the cases. This is contained in a report of a committee set up by the AGF, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), to review the individual cases recommended for prosecution by the special presidential panel. Our correspondent on Friday obtained the excerpts of the report from a top police source. The Presidential Panel led by the Executive Secretary of the Nat...
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...
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; ...

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