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‘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 ...
Dasuki’s Family Asks NBA to Investigate Malami
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Dasuki’s Family Asks NBA to Investigate Malami

The AGF was, in the petition signed by Dasuki’s wife, Hajia Bintu Sambo Dasuki; his son, Abubakar Atiku, and his nephew, Senator Umar Dahiru, alleged to have engaged in conducts capable of causing anarchy in the country, by encouraging the Federal Government to disobey lawful court orders directing release of the ex-NSA on bail. They alleged that Malami had in a media interview, made unprofessional remarks to the effect that the Federal Government would never comply with six separate court orders that gave Dasuki bail, pending his trial. Malami had in the said interview, reportedly maintained that Dasuki’s continued detention since December 29, 2015, was justified, insisting that his action while in office as NSA led to the death of so many people. However, Dasuki’s family conten...
Senate Summons AGF To Explain Buhari’s ‘Controversial’ Executive Order No. 6
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Senate Summons AGF To Explain Buhari’s ‘Controversial’ Executive Order No. 6

President Buhari's controversial executive order no. 6 is still causing ripples as the Senate has summoned Nigeria's AGF. The Senate has summoned the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to appear before lawmakers to explain the constitutional basis for the controversial Executive Order No. 6, according to Channels Television. The decision to invite Malami was taken on Wednesday during plenary. They are also asking the AGF to explain the other Executive Orders issued by President Muhammadu Buhari in clear usurpation of the law-making functions of the National Assembly. The order seeks to restrain owners of assets under investigation from carrying out any further transaction on such assets. The President on July 5, 2018, signed t...
Abacha Loot: Matters Miscellany
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Abacha Loot: Matters Miscellany

I got a credible information last week from some grapevines in Abuja that the much-talked about outstanding sum of $322 million (not $321 million as has been widely reported) stashed away in some secret accounts by former military dictator, the late General Sani Abacha, in Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Switzerland, routinely referred to as Abacha loot, has been repatriated and it is sitting pretty in a dedicated account in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). This calls for pomp and ceremony, especially by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), which had committed to ensure that the loot was repatriated, regardless of the shenanigans and blackmail from within and outside some official quarters in Nigeria. A powerful Nige...
AGF Malami Usurps Senate Powers, Tells Ojukwu To Resume As NHRC Boss
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AGF Malami Usurps Senate Powers, Tells Ojukwu To Resume As NHRC Boss

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has asked Tony Ojukwu to assume office as the acting Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). This is in contravention of the civil service rules and the Act that established the commission which empowers the Senate to clear the appointee. Section 8 of the act states: “There shall be for the commission an Executive Secretary who shall be: ‘a legal practitioner with not less than 20 years post qualification experience and requisite experience in human right issues; a person of proven integrity and be the Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the commission; appointed by the president subject to confirmation by the Senate.” President Muhammadu Buhari had in Dec...
How I Met Abdulrasheed Maina In Dubai – Abubakar Malami
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How I Met Abdulrasheed Maina In Dubai – Abubakar Malami

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami,has confessed meeting Abdulrasheed Maina, the fugitive former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pensions, in Dubai. Malami in an interview with The Interview magazine said he had no regrets meeting Maina in Dubai. “If hundreds of Mainas believe that they have information to offer as far at the protection of the national interest is concerned, I will meet them and will do so again,” Malami added. After a spell in exile, Maina who has been accused of stealing N2billion public pension, returned to Nigeria and was re-absorbed into service. It is widely believed that Maina’s meeting with Malami’s in Dubai two years ago, paved the way for his return and reinstatement, a move that has sparked wide...
What Are You Afraid Of? – Senate Asks AGF, Malami
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What Are You Afraid Of? – Senate Asks AGF, Malami

The Senate has asked the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, to explain to Nigerians why he has been running around the courts seeking to stop the probe by the two chambers of the National Assembly into how Mr. Abdulrashid Maina, an Assistant Director in the Ministry of Interior, was surreptitiously reinstated into the service after being dismissed. In a statement by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, the Senate said it was surprised that the AGF who had utilized the ample opportunity given to him by both chambers of the National Assembly to state his case on the Maina issue is now the one going to court to stop the legislature’s investigation. “We are wondering what the AGF is afraid of. When he...
Nigerian Ports Authority Resolves Dispute With Intels, Seeks Clearance To Restore Contract
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Nigerian Ports Authority Resolves Dispute With Intels, Seeks Clearance To Restore Contract

The business dispute between the Nigerian Ports Authority and Intels Nigeria Limited over revenue sharing structure and payment procedure now stands resolved, the NPA has said. The maritime agency is however awaiting clearance from the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for possible restoration of the contract seized from the logistics firm. Intels and NPA had been locked in a fierce business face-off, resulting in several tension-soaked meetings and exchange of aggressive correspondences. That followed the company’s non-compliance with the Federal Government’s Treasury Single Account policy. The NPA had insisted that service boat revenues collected on its behalf by Intels be first swept into its account at the Central Bank of Nigeria, ...
Nigeria Signs MoU To Recover $321 Million Loot From Switzerland
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Nigeria Signs MoU To Recover $321 Million Loot From Switzerland

Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of understanding with Switzerland for the return of $321 million in looted funds to Nigeria. Nigeria’s Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, signed the MOU with Swiss authorities on Monday in Zurich. Malami expressed gratitude for the international support Nigeria was getting in the fight against corruption. Global collaboration, he said, was critical to the success of the fight. He said: “We will continue to work to deepen mechanisms not just for asset recovery, but for preventing corruption in the first place.” Malami explained that Nigeria was one of the four countries being prioritized for Asset Recovery assistance at this maiden edition of the Global Forum on Assets Recovery holding in the US. Fig...
Bringing Diezani Alison-Madueke Home To Face Trial Unnecessary – Abubakar Malami
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Bringing Diezani Alison-Madueke Home To Face Trial Unnecessary – Abubakar Malami

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Malam Abubakar Malami, Wednesday said the demand by the embattled former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, that the federal government should extradite her to Nigeria to face corruption charges was needless. Responding to questions from some State House correspondents in the Hausa language after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, Malami said the former minister lacked the power to demand her invitation to Nigeria, especially at a time she’s being investigated by the government of the United Kingdom where she currently resides. According to Malami, the federal government would only bring Alison-Madueke to Nigeria if it felt strongly about it, insisting that nothing demands her e...
Jonathan, CJN, Fayose, Bello, Okonjo-Iweala, Ex-Govs Under EFCC Probe
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Jonathan, CJN, Fayose, Bello, Okonjo-Iweala, Ex-Govs Under EFCC Probe

Names of some high profile individuals being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have been revealed. The Punch, in a report, said a list it obtained contained the names of Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen; Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State; his predecessor and the current Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; and the immediate past Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. The names are in the list of high-profile cases involving over 100 politically-exposed persons and top-ranking public officers still being investigated by the EFCC as of August 2017. The list was recently sent by the EFCC to the Attorney General of the Federation and M...
S-East Will Plunge Into Crisis If Kanu’s Rearrested – Group Tells Fed Govt
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S-East Will Plunge Into Crisis If Kanu’s Rearrested – Group Tells Fed Govt

The apex Igbo Think-Tank group, Nzuko Umunna, has cautioned the Federal Government as well as Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Alhaji Abubakar Malami (SAN), over planned re-arrest of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Nzuko Umunna in a statement yesterday signed by the General Secretary, Mr. Paschal Mbanefo, and Publicity Secretary, Mr. Jude Ndukwe, warned that the South East and parts of South South region could be engulfed in crisis should Kanu be put behind bars. The group expressed concern over potential loss of lives of young people of the region who are ardent supporters of the self-determination group leader. The Think-Tank group also backed the stand of apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo, ...
War Against Corruption Fully On Course – Malami
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War Against Corruption Fully On Course – Malami

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has debunked claims that he is not committed to the anti-corruption agenda of the Muhammadu Buhari led administration. In a swift response to remarks by a member of the Prof. Itse Sagay-led Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, (PACAC), Prof. Femi Odekunle, which questioned his commitment to the anti-corruption fight, Malami stated that he is committed to the anti-corruption war. The remarks came days after the Code of Conduct Tribunal acquitted Senate President Bukola Saraki of corruption charges. In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Salihu Isah, and the Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution (AGF Office), Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla. Malami said i...
Abba Kyari Inserted ‘Coordinator’ Clause In Buhari’s Letter To NASS
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Abba Kyari Inserted ‘Coordinator’ Clause In Buhari’s Letter To NASS

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, has been named as the architect of the president’s controversial letter to the National Assembly informing legislators that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was to be the “coordinator” of government activities during Mr. Buhari’s latest trip to Britain to undergo urgent medical care. The phrasing of the letter, a departure from President Buhari’s previous ones where Mr. Osinbajo was explicitly named “Acting President,” has generated widespread discussion and a measure of political tension within Nigeria. Several high-ranking sources at the Presidency confirmed to SaharaReporters that the decision to use the phrase, “the Vice President will coordinate the activities of the Government,” instead of expressing what the Constitution stipul...
Magu Under Fresh Probe Over 2 Abuja Mansions
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Magu Under Fresh Probe Over 2 Abuja Mansions

This is certainly not the best of times for the embattled Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC as powerful forces, within and outside of government, not disposed to his continued stay in office have intensified efforts to break down his defence lines. One of such moves, Saturday Sun learnt, is an ongoing discreet investigation into the true ownership of two mansions on different streets in high brow Maitama area of Abuja. The buildings are allegedly linked to his wife. A highly placed source told Saturday Sun that the houses being investigated are located in Danube Street, Maitama and Missouri Street, off Colorado Close, Ministers Hill, also in Maitama. The two properties were said to have been bought last year. Saturday Sun could not confirm the vera...
We Have Recovered N18B Looted Funds – FG
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We Have Recovered N18B Looted Funds – FG

THE Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), says the Federal Government has recovered N15 billion and $10.5 million so far in its asset recovery drive. Malami disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja when the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters visited the ministry on its oversight function to appraise the 2016 budget performance of the ministry. Malami said: “Let me put it on record that the Federal Ministry of Justice has equally significantly recorded success in the recovery drive as it relates to the looted funds. “In that regard and direction, over N15 billion has been recovered by the ministry and $10.5 million was equally recovered in that direction.” The minister said that exclusive of the recoveries, the r...
Abacha Loot: FG Wins Case As Malami Heads To U.S. Next Week For Repatriation
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Abacha Loot: FG Wins Case As Malami Heads To U.S. Next Week For Repatriation

The Federal Government has won the case to have the country’s money looted by ex-head of state, Sani Abacha repatriated from the United State of America where the fund has been stashed. This is equally as the Attorney-General, Malami is billed to visit US next week for the fund’s repatriation. This was disclosed, Friday, by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. Shehu was reacting to some claims making the rounds that President Buhari had donated USD 500 million to Democratic Hillary Clinton’s campaign in the recently held Presidential elections in U.S which saw the Republican Donald Trump emerge the President-elect. According to Shehu, Nigeria has no such money to throw around and even if it does have, President Buhari who has zero tolerance for...