Abubakar Malami, SAN, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, has denied allegations of receiving about N25 billion as gratification from the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Godswill Akpabio to influence the appointment of a Sole Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC.
BIGPEN had reported based on investigative report in Pointblanknews.com, Malami allegedly made billions of naira doing dirty deals for the Niger Delta Affairs minister, Godswill Akpabio over the appointment of sole administrator for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The Pointblanknews report which has since gone viral, had also fingered the powerful Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, Sabiu ‘Tunde’ Yusuf and First Lady Aisha Buhari’s brother, Mahmud Halilu Ahmad for allegedly receiving kickbacks in dollars in the shady deals which is already drawing huge reactions from the Niger Delta region.
But in a reaction on Friday, Malami described as fake news the media reports, saying the allegations were laced with “contradictions, figment of imagination and filthy assumptions of mischief makers and detractors”.
According to a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Jibrilu Gwandu, the Justice Minister further added that the unsubstantiated allegations are aimed at denting his hard earned reputation, while denying any wrongdoing.
Malami maintained that he has not collected and does not intend at any time to receive any gratification from any dealing in the course of discharging any function he is constitutionally empowered to perform.
The Minister, however, urged masterminds of the said publication to approach relevant security and law enforcement agencies and proffer information that could lead to a criminal investigation against him.