Attorney General of Federation, Malami probes illegal sale of FG properties by ‘syndicate’

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has constituted a five-member committee to probe the alleged sale of Federal Government recovered properties by syndicates in the ministry.

This was made known in a statement by Dr Umar Gwandu, his special assistant on media and public relations in Abuja on Tuesday, according to NAN.

According to the statement, Justice Malami’s office was not aware of any sale and did not order or authorise the sales of the Federal Government’s recovered property.

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The statement reads:  “It is important to set the records straight that the office of the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has not officially started the sale of the Federal Government’s recovered property.

 

“The Honourable Minister did not approve, did not order, and was not aware of, the sale of any of such property.’’

He said that the composition of the members of the committee was made known in a circular signed by the Solicitor General of the Federation U. E. Mohammed, ESQ dated November 29, 2021.

The circular was titled “The Constitution of a Committee to investigate the alleged sale of Federal Government of Nigeria’s Property by syndicate in the Ministry”.

The circular from the ministry partly reads, “A committee is hereby constituted to investigate the allegation with a view to unravelling the veracity or otherwise of the Publication” the circular reads in part.

“The Committee which is chaired by the Director, Public Prosecution of the ministry, is to unveil the veracity of the publication and recommend ways of handling the matter in accordance with the provisions of extant laws.’’

According to the statement, the committee is expected to complete the assignment within a period of one week and submit the report of its findings to the Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice.

Malami, therefore, called on the public, especially those who interacted with the alleged syndicate group or have information or possess any evidence to open up and provide information that could be helpful to the committee in discharging its responsibility.

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