- The AGF and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), denied releasing 300 suspected Boko Haram sponsors
- Malami who spoke through his media aide, Umar Gwandu, said a media report accusing him of releasing the suspects misrepresented the facts
- Meanwhile, the United States had earlier announced its readiness to help Nigeria identify sponsors of terrorism in the country
FCT, Abuja - Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, has denied releasing any suspected Boko Haram sponsor.
According to The Punch, the minister said the report of the alleged release of 300 suspects is a misrepresentation of facts.
Legit.ng gathers that the Malami said this in a statement issued by his media aide, Umar Gwandu, on Friday, September 24.
Read the full statement below:
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“The report of the alleged release of 300 suspects by the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice is a malicious misrepresentation of facts relating to the ongoing investigation of terrorism financing suspects in Nigeria.
“It is important to reiterate at this point that the fight against the menace of terrorism is an ongoing operation characterized by intelligence gathering, arrest, investigation, and prosecution.
“The contradictions in the story can best be understood from the point of the analysis of the affidavit that was said to have been procured by the online platform as deposed before a court in relation to the subject matter.
“By their own showing, the Office of the Attorney General has deposed to an affidavit on account of which an order of a Court was obtained, seeking for the continued detention of those financiers that were alleged to have been in custody.
“This, by implication, established that the matter is effectively submitted to the jurisdiction of the court.
“It is common knowledge that where a matter is submitted to a Court of law, it is only through the judicial process that any subsequent action can possibly be taken.
“The question then arising from the claim of the report is this: When was an application filed in Court by the office of the attorney general by which the release of the purported suspects was procured?
“It amounts to approbation and reprobation for the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation to, in one breath, obtain an order seeking for continued detention of the alleged financiers of Boko Haram and at the same time having them released.
“If the interest of the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation was to have the people released, the idea of approaching the Court for an order of the court seeking for extension or time to have them in custody couldn’t have even arisen in the first place.
“One needs to know by which communication or correspondence or application was their release procures since the matter is already pending before the court of Law, and they were taken to custody on account of Court order.
“It does not add up for the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation to procure the release of someone that has been in custody on account of Court order without approaching the Court. The public, in essence, is entitled to know which application was it that was subsequently filed to procure the release financiers.
“When was the application filed, before which court was it taken and which lawyer is it that has taken the application and where is the Court order on which account the release was effected?
“We are also amazed that an allegation of bribe-taking is made. The public is entitled to know who the originator of the bribery was. Who facilitated the giving of bribe? Who accepted or collected the bribe on behalf of the Attorney General? Who were the vendors and facilitators?”
US announces readiness to help Nigeria identify sponsors of terrorism
In a related development, the United States said it is ready to help Nigeria identify sponsors of terrorism in the country.
The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard made this known on Monday, August 30, during a meeting with journalists in Abuja.
The envoy noted that the partnership is something they are very eager to do, adding that she has had at least three conversations in the last two months on the subject. While noting that talks were ongoing on the matter, Leonard added that the US remains committed to supporting Nigeria in the fight against insecurity.
Troops arrest Boko Haram terrorist, recover 281 bags of IED
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army said on Thursday, September 9, that counterterrorism troops in the northeast arrested a ‘high profile Boko Haram member’ and raided one of the terror group’s logistics bases in the northeast.
Brig-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, the director of Army public relations, said the successful actions were a consequence of ‘robust operations’ by Operation HADIN KAI troops.
He said in a statement that soldiers have also recovered a total of 281 bags of Urea from market warehouses and arrested two notorious Boko Haram distributors.