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AGF Malami denies receiving N2bn from recovered loot

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has denied illegally receiving N2b from the accounts of recovered loots.

This comes after members of the House Representatives, during a legislative briefing, cited a letter from the Central Bank of Nigeria, which directed the release of the funds following a request made for the money to be used to prosecute terror suspects.

But Malami refuted the claim, insisting that the request did not originate from his office.

A statement released by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr Umar Gwandu, challenged ‘whoever has evidence of such payment to present it publicly.’

“Abubakar Malami, as a person or as the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, does not in any way receive any funds from the recovered assets.

“Malami, therefore, challenge any person who has any evidence of such payments to either him or his office to come out publicly with proof.

“Prior to the repatriation of all the recovered assets, Nigeria and relevant nations have signed Memorandum of Understanding as to what the monies will be put to and the government has been working in compliance with all the provisions of multi-national agreements reached.

“It was on the basis of the application of the said funds in line with the agreements that Nigeria earns reputation among international committee of nations which translated into further recoveries,” the statement added.

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