- Justice minister and AGF Malami has denied buying a house for his son in Abuja
- The minister who described the allegations as fake news also refuted the claim of hiring private jets for his son's wedding in Kano
- Malami also said the allegations that the wedding was not conducted in line with Covid-19 protocols are false
The minister of justice and attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, has reacted to the allegations that he bought a house worth N300 million for his son in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
Malami who reacted via a statement by his media aide, Dr Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, on Saturday, July 11, denied the allegations, Premium Times reports.
Describing the allegations as fake news, Malami said:"For instance, who is the vendor of the purported house bought for the son of the Minister in Abuja at N300m? Where is the so-called mansion located in Abuja? Where are the title documents?
“God knows that I did not purchase any house for him in Abuja. Not even a rented house was secured for my son in Abuja, because he has no plan to live in Abuja”.
Malami also denied hiring private jets for the marriage.
Legit.ng gathers that the minister also disowned pictures and videos showing ceremonies linked with the wedding of his son said to have been observed without observance of social distancing.
The minister’ son, Abdulazeez Malami, got married on Saturday in Kano.
Malami said the wedding took place under strict observance of the protocols and guidelines of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Malami wanted the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, fired.
The minister had also recommended the same to President Muhammadu Buhari. Malami, in a memorandum to the president, anchored his recommendation on several grounds “raging from diversion of recovered loot to insubordination and misconduct” by Magu.
He included a shortlist of three candidates for consideration to replace Magu.
Malami alleged accounting gaps or discrepancies of figures concerning the recovered assets, claiming that Magu was not transparent enough in the management of recovered assets.
Magu, 58, is a Nigerian police officer who also served during Nuhu Ribadu’s time at the anti-graft agency and was credited with part of the success Ribadu recorded in his time.
Following Malami's move, Magu has now been suspended and is facing a probe by a presidential panel.
Buhari suspends Magu as EFCC boss, Nigerians react | Legit TV