MALAMI’S MANY CONTROVERSIES – NATION PG.15, 16&17
The office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice is a creation of the 1999 Constitution under sections 150(1) & (2). The current occupant of the office is Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Abubakar Malami. Malami was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 and is regarded as one of the key members of his cabinet. However, almost since his assumption of office, many have raised eyebrows about his choice as the nation’s AGF following his office’s alleged role or lack thereof in some trending incidents.
HOW ‘UNKNOWN’ COURT BAILIFFS SERVED PAPERS THAT SACKED MAGODO RESIDENTS – DAILY TRUST PG.26
The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Lagos State, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), has said ‘unknown bailliffs’ executed the court order which sacked landlords and residents of Magodo Phase 2 Estate in the state. Onigbanjo, in a statement on Thursday, described the controversial invasion as unwarranted and illegal, adding that those found culpable would be prosecuted. The Supreme Court, in a unanimous judgement in 2012 in the case of the Military Governor of Lagos State and four others vs. Adebayo Adeyiga and six others in appeal No SC/112/2002, affirmed the September 25, 2001 judgment of the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division and High Court’s decision delivered on December 31, 1993, in suit No: ID/795/88 in the case.
P&ID FIRM PAID $9,969 INTO DIRECTOR DAUGHTER’S ACCOUNT BEFORE AGREEMENT SIGNING – WITNESS – PUNCH PG.9
The trial of a former Director, Legal Services of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Grace Taiga, for alleged fraud in the case involving Process and Industrial Development Limited continued on Monday before Justice O. Adeniyi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja. The fourth prosecution witness, an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s operative, Aminu Lawal, narrated how Taiga received $9,969 bribe through her daughter’s bank account. The prosecution had presented a 13-count amended charge which was read to the defendant. She pleaded not guilty to the charges.
NDLEA SEIZED 7 TONS OF ILLICIT DRUGS IN 2021- DAILY TRUST PG.29
The Kano State Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Isah Likita Muhammad, has revealed that the agency seized over seven tons of illicit drugs in 2021. He said the agency also rehabilitated 157 persons from addiction and consumption of various intoxicants and drugs in the state in the same year. The commander disclosed this during a one-day seminar on the effect of drug abuse on security and its negative impact on national, social and economic development, organized by Trusted Northern Youth Awareness, in collaboration with the office of the Deputy Senate President, held in Kano.
EFCC RE-ARRESTS MOMPHA FOR ALLEGED N32.9BN MONEY LAUNDERING – PUNCH PG.11, THISDAY PG.37
The Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has re-arrested a suspected internet fraudster, Ismailia Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha, for laundering funds obtained through unlawful activities and retention of alleged proceeds of crime. Mompha, who was arrested on Monday, is currently standing trial alongside his company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited, on an amended 22-count charge bordering on cyber fraud and money laundering to the tune of N32.9 bn brought against him by the EFCC.
EFCC RECOVERED N152B, $386M LAST YEAR – NATION PG.1&28, SUN PG.8, PUNCH PG.5, THISDAY PG.6
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday continued the review of its operational activities for last year. It announced the recovery of N152, 088,698,751.64, $386,220,202.84, £1, 182,519.75 €156,246.76, 1,723,310.00 Saudi Riyal, 1,900.00 South African Rand, and 1, 400.00 Canadian Dollar between January and December 2021. According to the anti-graft agency, a digital currency component with 5, 36957319 Bitcoin and 0.09012 Ethereum, were in the recovery basket.
KUKAH HASN’T RECEIVED ANY INVITATION FROM DSS, SAYS SPOKESMAN – PUNCH PG.11
The news of the alleged invitation extended to the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Most Rev Mathew Hassan-Kukah, by the Department of State Services has been described as untrue. The Director of Social Communication in the diocese, Rev Fr Christopher Omotosho, advised members of the public to ignore the rumour. “The news that the bishop was summoned for questioning by the DSS regarding his Christmas message cannot be true, because the bishop has yet to receive either a call or mail from the DSS,” he stated.