- Some seized oil vessels seized by the EFCC under Ibrahim Magu were approved for sale by Abubakar Malami
- Malami has given his defence for selling the vessels
- The AGF said that he made the decision after receiving advice from the NSA and the presidency
Attorney-General of the Federal (AGF) Abubakar Malami has reacted to claims that he approved the sale of crude oil vessels by an allegedly fraudulent firm (Omoh Jay Nig Ltd).
In his defence, Malami said that he strictly followed due process in approving the sale of the oil vessels, The Nation reports.
The AGF stressed that the report that he sold the vessels to a questionable firm (which is currently standing trial) was both false and aimed at misleading Nigerians.
He said that the disposal of the vessels was done following the final forfeiture obtained by the Office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation (OHAGF) and a presidential directive back in 2018.
Malami added: “Based on the advice of the Office of the National Security Adviser, which is predicated upon the risk being posed by the drifting vessel MT ANUKET containing crude oil at Elegushi Beach and on the basis of the expertise and experience of Omoh Jay Nigeria Limited in the disposal of the content of AKUADA and MT HOPE when engaged by the Department of Petroleum Resources dated 11th August, 2009."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a famous human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, had reacted to claims that he allegedly received the sum of N28 million from Magu.
In his response, Falana said that such a report is false and that he never at any time received money from Magu.
The report was contained in a publication from a notable new media outfit in Nigeria.
Falana's lawyer, Olumide-Fusika, described the rumour as "damning against my client because his entire career as a lawyer has been devoted to fighting human rights abuses and corruption in high and low place.”
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