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Owing MULTI BILLION PROPERTIES, Auctioning SEA VESSELS, Read The Many Corruption Allegations Against Nigeria’s AGF Malami

Nigeria’s Attorney General, Abubakar Malami SAN has always been fingered as one of the corrupt figures in the Buhari’s administration.

Malami was labelled with some varying degrees of corruption allegations by Anti-corruption groups in Nigeria.

In 2019, the coalition had written to President Buhari calling for the probe of Malami based on the allegations they listed out.

In the letter titled “Compilation of Corruption Allegations and Abuse of Office” and signed by the Chairman, Civil Society Network Against Corruption, Olanrewaju Suraju; Chairman, Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, Debo Adeniran; and Co-founder, Say No Campaign, Ezenwa Nwagwu, they told Buhari that his action against his attorney of the federation has the prospect of determining the future of the anti-corruption campaign in the country.

Malami’s many allegations

The allegations against Malami include the alleged auctioning of sea vessels holding crude oil seized by the Federal Government, violating Section 31(2) and (4) of the EFCC Act 2004.

The coalition said Malami also authorized the sale of vessels by companies under EFCC prosecution for similar offence of illegal bunkering.

The minister was accused of twisting the law to shield his family members, corrupt officials and institutions in the most brazen manners.

The AGF was blamed for the reinstatement of Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, into the Federal Civil Service Commission without due process.

Malami was accused of filing for the discontinuation of a N25billion criminal charge against Senator Danjuma Goje without any justification after over seven years of diligent investigation and prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He was alleged to have withdrawn criminal charges against soldiers accused of killing police officers and a civilian in the bid to aid the escape of billionaire kidnapper, Bala Hamisu, popularly known as Wadume.

The AGF was also accused of the duplicity of payment of $16.9million fees to two friends as new lawyers for the recovery of the loot traced to a former Head of State, Sani Abacha, after a Swiss lawyer, Enrico Monfrini, who helped in the recovery was fully paid by the previous government.

The minister was indicted for halting the prosecution of former Comptroller General of Customs, Mohammed Inde Dikko, through an alleged suspicious deal between the AGF and the immediate past DSS Director-General, as well as shielding the ex-Customs boss from refunding of $8million to the government.

The groups said their investigations suggest that Malami allegedly owns assets worth billions, acquired after his appointment.

Those listed were Rayhaan Hotels worth about N500million, located at opposite Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Zaria Road, Kano State; a property worth about N600million located at Ahmadu Bello Way, Nasarawa GRA, Kano; a newly constructed school at the back of Nitel at Gesse Phase 1, Birni Kebbi, Kebbi State, worth about N700million.

Others: A property allegedly built by Malami for his son located at Gesse Phase II in Birni Kebbi worth over N400million; a mansion known as Azbir Arena allegedly built by Malami for his second son; Azbir Arena, an entertainment centre worth over N3billion, with a big plaza and kids playing centre and hotel, all combined in one expansive property.

Malami was accused of using the official letterhead of the office of AGF to seek support for his son’s wedding and that he encouraged the defacing of Naira and other currencies to the embarrassment of the country and in violation of section 21(1) and (3) of the Central Bank Act, 2007.

He was accused of allowing the breach of COVID-19 protocol and regulations, putting the lives of Nigerians at risk during the wedding of his son.

The minister was said to have displayed “his unpretentious hatred for the fight against corruption by writing a letter dated 16th December, 2016 withdrawing the case of fraud filed against Godsday Orubebe, former Minister for Niger Delta, in a case involving over N1.97billion, on the ground that there was no basis for filing the charge against him.

Malami’s alleged choice properties

In a Sahara Reporters publication, they alleged that Malami on his own was discovered to have built a multi-billion naira private school in Kebbi, a luxury hotel in Kano, and a luxury home in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The AGF was discovered to have three houses in Abuja including one he bought this year for N90m in the Gwarimpa area of the city where he lives.

He is said to have torn down the building and remodelled into a mansion worth around N300m.

Also in Abuja, he is alleged to own a multi-million naira hotel still under construction along Jabi Lake Bypass directly opposite the Pedestals Bridge close to Setraco main office.

Malami was also allegedly building a massive structure in Sokoto State.

This is in addition to several other properties he owns across Nigeria and expensive cars to his name.

Persons close to the AGF told SaharaReporters that since being appointed into the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in November 2015, Malami had embarked on a relentless purchase and construction of property through alleged public funds.

I am not corrupt – Malami tells Buhari

After the coalition’s allegations, Malami immediately to President Muhammadu Buhari, refuting claims that he is corrupt and has embezzled public funds.

Malami, in his letter reacting to the group’s petition against him, drew the president’s attention to the fact that he filed his assets declaration with the Code of Conduct Bureau(CCB) in 2015 when he was first appointed minister and also did same in 2019 upon his re-appointment into the same position in his government.

The AGF said he was compelled to write to the Presidency in order to clear his name and set the records straight, in the wake of what appeared as a deliberate campaign of calumny by his detractors to tarnish his hard-earned reputation, an act for which he had already sued one of the online publishers.

He said

“On the contrary, Your Excellency, since my appointment as a minister in your cabinet, I have conducted myself strictly within the confines of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers contained in Part 1 of the Fifth Schedule of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria, as amended.

“It is to be noted that apart from my successful legal practice of more than 20 years, seven of which were as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, before my appointment, I have as allowed by law had interests in business ventures, all of which I had resigned from active participation upon my appointment.

“Among other things, I owned lucrative business ventures of Rayhaan Hotels and Rayhaan Food & Drinks, both in Kano, since December 13, 2013, years before the 2015 election that saw to the victory of President Muhamadu Buhari as the President and long before I was appointed to be a Minister in the first term.

“That informs why those items were included among 27 properties listed in the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, Form filled by Malami when he was first appointed a minister.

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