IOC: I’ve no debt collectors, says Malami

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), yesterday said that the recovery agents engaged by his office are institutional recovery agents and not his personal agents as being portrayed by some media. Malami stated that,” in his personal capacity does not have personal “debt collectors” for the recovery of Federal government debts. This clarification was contained in a statement issued by Malami’s media aide, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu and made available to Saturday Telegraph, in Abuja. He said: “For the avoidance of doubt, the…

Read More

Malami: FG to entrench OGP for credible government

Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN), yesterday said that the Federal Government would continue to remain steadfast towards entrenchment of the principles and objectives of Open Government Partnership (OGP) for the attainment of credible governance in the country. The AGF made the disclosure in a speech delivered during inauguration of Kano State steering committee and implementation of the state action plan on OGP held at the Government House, Kano. He commended the Kano State government for her foresight over the domestication of the OGP.…

Read More

FGN vs MTN: Malami has done it again

  Not many who listened to the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami during a press briefing after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday would get the message. Malami disclosed to State House correspondents that the FEC had approved the payment of N500 million professional fees to lawyers engaged by the Federal Government to defend it in the case instituted by the telecom giant, MTN. The Federal Government had imposed a penalty of over N1 trillion on MTN for some regulatory breaches. But…

Read More

AGF Abubakar Malami and the wailers

It’s probably unlikely that Nigeria has had an Attorney General of Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice who has done so much within so short a time and remains as self-effacing as Abubakar Malami (SAN). Public officials like Malami are more comfortable operating under the radar than hugging the limelight of media visibility. They just like to work, work and work. And this is what has got him into trouble with the Nigerian public, especially the elite who demand more and more accountability from public officials. Malami reminds me of…

Read More

2019: Fresh moves to stop Lamido thicken

  Indications emerged last week that the Federal Government might be seeking a new judge to handle the fraud case levied against the former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido.   The latest move, unconfirmed sources believe might not be unconnected with Lamido’s bid for the Presidency in the 2019 presidential elections. Both the major political parties in the country have zoned the presidency to the North.   Lamido has been traversing various sections of the country in recent times, consulting with PDP state governors and other party leaders…

Read More

Malami, Fashola, Adeosun absent at NASS’ power probe

Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mallam Abubakar Malami; the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola and that of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, yesterday shunned a joint investigative hearing of the House of Representatives and the Senate Committees on Power. Also absent at the hearing, which was to investigate the Calabar Independent Power Project were the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele and the Special Adviser to the president on power. Chairman of the House Committee on Power, Hon.…

Read More

Protest rocks C’River over Malami’s support for MCSN

Hundreds of protesters yesterday marched through the streets of Calabar, the Cross River State capital, while some others protested outside the premises of a Federal High Court, Calabar, against the continued stay of Abubakar Malami as the Attorney- General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. The protesters led by members of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), carried placards some of which read; “Malami must go,” “Restore Dignity to Federal High Court, Take out Abdul Kafarati now,” “MCSN syndicate must face trial now” and “Minister of Injustice,” among others,…

Read More

Malabu: Drop charges against Adoke, others, Malami tells EFCC

The trial of a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, SAN, over the Malabu oil deal took a new dimension yesterday when the current AGF, Abubakar Malami, SAN, asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to drop the charge against him and others. Malami’s position was made known yesterday in a fresh suit filed by Adoke before the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja seeking to quash the criminal charges filed against him. Adoke, in suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/446/207 filed through his counsel, Kanu…

Read More

Maina’s Reinstatement: What’re You Afraid of?, Senate Asks AGF

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 surprising that the AGF who…

Read More

N4.8bn audit report: Judiciary, again on the spotlight

AKEEM NAFIU and TUNDE OYESINA write that five months after the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) published a report, indicting the judiciary as number two after police on corruption radar, another damning report by the Auditor-General of the Federation has again put the third arm of government on the spotlight. This time, the report accused the judiciary of defrauding the federal government of N4.8 billion in three years Five months after a report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) ranked the judiciary as number two most corrupt institution after…

Read More