*Calls On Public To Expose Fabricators Of The Story
*Challenges Fabricators To Report Him To Security Agencies
The Minister of Justice & Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami has denied the news of accepting gratification over the appointment of a Sole Administrator for Niger Delta Development Commission, describing it as a fake news from his detractors.
This is contained in a statement issued on 15 January, 2021 by his Special Assistant on Media & Public Relations, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu which was made available to TheNigeriaLawyer.
“The attention of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has been drawn to fictitious and malicious publications alleged by mischief makers claiming that the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Godswill Akpabio offered him gratification in respect of the appointment of a Sole Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission.
“The report, as any fake news, was marred by evincing contradictions, figment of imagination, sheer fabrications and filthy assumptions of mischief makers and detractors.
Any discerning mind who read the story will not fail to note the desperate attempt to cast aspersion on the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and dent his hard earned reputation with unsubstantiated allegations spread by perfidious elements”, he said.
Meanwhile, he added that the AGF did not and does not intend to accept any bribe in the discharge of his duties.
“The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN hereby make an outright denial of the report in its entirety.
“The Minister has not collected and does not intend at any time to receive any gratification from any dealing and discharging any function he is constitutionally empowered to perform.”
“While calling on Nigerians to disregard the information Malami, therefore, asked individuals who have any information, if any, regarding those who facilitated, accepted, deliver or take part in one way or the other in the alleged offer and purported acceptance of gratification for him or his office to come out publically with the information with a view to exposing them and taking further necessary action”, he added.
Finally, he has challenged the fabricators of the news to report the AGF to the relevant security agencies, since gratification is a criminal offence.
“Malami stated further that gratification is a criminal offence. He, accordingly, encouraged the purveyors of the fictitious publication to approach relevant security and law enforcement agencies and proffer information that could lead to the criminal investigation and investigation against him if they feel strongly about their purported claim”, he concluded.
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