- The attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami has denied the corruption allegations leveled against him by a coalition of civil society organisations
- The civil society organisations had called for the sacking of Malami over allegations of corruption and insubordination
- But Malami said the allegations against him were orchestrated to falsely portray him as a corrupt officer
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The attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, has denied the corruption allegations leveled against him by a coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs).
The civil society organisations had called for the sacking of Malami over allegations of corruption and insubordination, Vanguard reported.
But Malami, in a letter to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, explained that the allegations against him were false.
He said the allegations against him were orchestrated to falsely portray him as a corrupt officer who used public office to acquire wealth and build an empire.
The minister was a successful legal practitioner for more than 20 years and owned businesses before his appointment in 2015.
He said he declared all his assets and statements of accounts upon his assumption of office.
Malami explained that none of his wealth is ill-gotten, he promised to seek redress in court.
Meanwhile, President Buhari has again reiterated the commitment of his administration to fight against corruption without fear.
Buhari reiterated his stance on the fight against corruption at the graduation of the National Defence College Course 28 in Abuja on Thursday, August 6, Premium Times reported.
The president who was represented by the minister of defence, Bashir Magashi, said the fight against corruption remains a priority for the administration no matter who is involved.
He noted that the anti-graft war was chosen in the interest of the nation.
In another news report, a group, Transparency Advocacy For Development Initiative (TADI), has asked President Buhari to demilitarise the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from the grip of the Nigeria Police Force.
The group made the demand at a press conference on Friday, August 7, addressed by its executive director, Ambassador Yomi David.
The group also urged the president to mandate the Attorney General of the Federation to immediately pursue the amendment of the repressive provisions of the EFCC Act 2003, particularly those that mandatorily place the leadership of the EFCC in the hands of serving and retired security officers.
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