The Honourable Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has refuted the confession of a suspect during interrogation, linking him with the recent invasion of the residence of the Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Mary Peter Odili. This was contained in a statement issued by the Special Assistance to the HAGF on Media, Dr. Umar Gwandu, on Thursday, 11th November, 2021.
The statement said that the Minister could not have engaged the services of a “fake” police officer to serve as his consultant when the ministry boasts of “competent, high level professionals and capable Human Resources”. He described it as a case of a “drowning man scavenging for a dying partner”. It stated, “We are happy to note that investigation has commenced to unravel the circumstances and personalities behind the invasion and sponsored campaign of calumny against the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice”.
“It is our desire and we hope that the investigation would also disclose those after the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, those dragging his personality, his name and his exalted office in the dirty politics of disrepute”.
Malami challenged the suspect to present documents of engagements where he worked as a consultant to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, whether in past or now. He queried, “Consultant for what? Which activity or assignment? When was he engaged? What were the terms of references for the alleged consultancy service? When was he engaged? Where was he engaged? Which worked has he executed for the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and the Ministry of Justice? For what duration? And for how much?” He challenged the “fake” consultant/police officer to come out with answers or responses to these questions to the general public.
The HAGF assured that being the Nigeria’s Chief Law Officer who superintends over and respects the rule of law, he would not do anything to undermine the sanctity of his office and that of the entire judiciary and Justice sector.