‘Malami Not Qualified to Call for Removal of EFCC Boss’

An International and Voluntary Human Rights Group, Global Peace Movement International (GPMI), UK has knocked the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami over his call for the removal of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

The group who said Malami is not qualified to call for the removal of the EFCC Boss, said he has recorded more success in the war against corruption since his appointment, adding that he should rather be confirmed by the Senate.

GPMI President General, Dr Mike Uyi who made this known in a statement said Malami, who has no regard for the rule of law can not be calling for the removal of Magu.

The group while condemning Malami’s call said those lobbying to have Magu replaced are enemies of the country and are doing so for selfish reasons.

According to the statement, “Malami should be the one to be sacked as under his watch Nigeria government has been ordered to pay the sum of €250,000 in a case with P&ID in London.

He added that under his watch, Nigeria was floored in London court. Malami left Nigeria pretending to appear and witness the case in London court, he never appeared in the court in London.

The statement read in part: “Malami has never successfully secured a conviction under the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration since its inception, all the cases has fall flat and has caused serious embarrassment to this government.

“Before his appointment as Minister of justice he has always failed in litigation matters and on several occasion has been reported to the NBA for misconduct.

“Under Malami the federal government has been seen disobey court others. The case of Saraki , Onnoghen and many others that went through to the supreme court and the federal government failing is still fresh on the minds of Nigeria.

“Should we talk about the MTN case saga or is it his failure to vacate the A&ED Order in London for two years now”, it said.

It further reads: ” It is even on record that that Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), on 6, January, 2020 appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to remove the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) from the control and supervision of the Ministry of Justice.

“Sagay said he is unhappy with frequent attempts by Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, to whittle down the powers of the two anti-corruption agencies, especially that of Ibrahim Magu, the acting EFCC chairman.

“Sagay, whose committee has recommended Magu for reappointment by President Buhari for a second term, said it is worrisome that the Ministry of Justice headed by Malami is treating both the EFCC and ICPC as rivals while taking actions aimed at frustrating their efforts.

“Given the feat achieved by Magu in the war against corruption since his appointment, the best decision by the Senate is to confirm him.

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