- Nigeria's case against Malabu and Goje is watertight, the AGF Abubakar Malami says
- According to Malami, his office had never advised that there is no case in the matter
- The AGF insisted that all those indicted in the case will be prosecuted
The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami says the investigation into the Malabu Oil and Senator Danjuma Goje, former governor of Gombe cases are “watertight and intensified”.
Malami said this in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja by Dr. Umar Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
The AGF said he has never at any time stated anywhere or advised any person or authority that there was no prima facie case in the matter.
“I unequivocally maintain that all persons indicted by the EFCC’s investigation report as regards the OPL 245 Malabu be prosecuted in accordance with the relevant laws.
“I have maintained that the investigation should be watertight and intensified to ensure that all essential elements of the alleged offences are established through a thorough and detailed investigation before proceeding to court with a view to filing success-driven charges against the suspects.’’
He said that it is common knowledge that since the EFCC filed charges against the suspects in Malabu Oil case before both the Federal and FCT High Courts, he has not at any time approached either of the courts to withdraw the charges even though he has the power to do so pursuant to Section 174 of the Constitution.
“The assertion that the AGF misled the President that there is no case in the Malabu Oil deal is not only laughable but ridiculous and should, therefore, be disregarded by the right-thinking members of the general public.
He said besides giving the EFCC conducive atmosphere to operate without exerting the might of his office on the Commission, many officers from the Chambers of the AGF are regularly seconded to the EFCC as representatives to work and help the EFCC in the war against corruption meaning that the AGF is part of the EFCC’s success story.
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He said his attention has been drawn to news report with unprintable allegations on the matters related to the fight against corruption in the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Chairman, Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi on Tuesday, December 17, said President Muhammadu Buhari is not fighting corruption in Nigeria.
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