𝘽𝙮 𝘿𝙧. 𝙐𝙢𝙖𝙧 𝙅𝙞𝙗𝙧𝙞𝙡𝙪 𝙂𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙪
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami San remains the cynosure of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.
Malami’s conspicuous postures, legal acumen and administrative dexterity in the discharge of his statutory responsibilities depict him as a workaholic and an achiever Minister who works relentless in ensuring the attainment of the cardinal objectives of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
In the year 2021, as always, Malami was preoccupied with public-interest national assignments and international engagements geared toward enhancing the fortunes of Nigeria.
Enumerated below are points of what could be considered as marvelous milestones recorded by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice in the 2021.
𝟏. 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐁𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐫𝐲
As a demonstration of commitment to end banditry and other forms of associated insecurity in the country, the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice filed an application for the proscription of bandits as Terrorists.
The proscription shows the determination of the Federal Government to deal ruthlessly with the bandits and to do things in accordance with the rule of law.
𝟐. 𝐇𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐲 𝐋𝐚𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐓𝐞𝐫𝐫𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐭 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐠
In a bid to address the challenges of money laundering and terrorism financing, the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, SAN facilitated the move by Federal Government of Nigeria has indicated willingness to join membership of the global Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog.
The FATF monitors 39 member countries to ensure fully and effective implementation of FATF Standards thereby holding nations that do not comply accountable.
𝟑. 𝐑𝐞𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐋𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐉𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐈𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐢
Following the signing of Memorandum of Understanding for the repatriation of the Ibori loot on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria by Malami and the British High Commissioner, Catriona Laing, the sum of 4.3million Pound connected to the family of James Ibori were returned to the Federal Government on 10th May, 2021.
The development, according to Malami, was a demonstration of the recognition of reputation Nigeria earns through records of management of recovered stolen Nigerian stolen in the execution of public oriented projects.
𝟒. 𝐈𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐁𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐇𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐁𝐨𝐤𝐨 𝐇𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐦 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐫𝐬
In addition to the fight against corruption, crushing banditry and combating terrorism, the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration is also determined and committed to arraign and prosecute anyone found wanting or connected to the sponsorship of Boko Haram Terrorists.
On this note, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN worked assiduously and carried out a thorough and comprehensive investigation to prosecute all the financiers of Boko Haram.
“As per as terrorism funding and financing is concerned, we have succeeded in identifying those that are allegedly responsible for funding same and we are blocking the leakages associated with funding while embarking on aggressive investigation that is indeed impacting positively in terms of the fight against terrorism” Malami informed journalist during the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, in September, 2021.
𝟓. 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐦𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐍𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐝𝐢 𝐊𝐚𝐧𝐮’𝐬 𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐚l
Through combined efforts of stakeholders the leader of the proscribed terrorists Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, was re-arrested and brought back to Nigeria in June 2021.
Kanu was brought back to face his trial. Mr Kanu and his co-defendant were facing treasonable felony charges at the Federal High Court in Abuja when fled the country in September 2017.
The resumption of the trail has been applauded as another remarkable milestone recorded in the year 2021. The Minister was also informed Nigerians of the atrocities committed by the IPOB when they unleashed mayhem in the country.
𝟔. 𝐄𝐱𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐒𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐬 𝐦𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭
At a Press Conference in October, 2021, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami,SAN revealed that an investigation has discovered a Federal lawmaker and other major sponsor of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho.
Malami said the investigation unravelled how Igboho got monies from 43 bank accounts, across nine banks. The report shows the link between the separatists’ agitators and terrorism across the country.
𝟕. 𝐀𝐝𝐯𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐨𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
In the effort to bring lasting peace an at the Lake Chad Region, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, said Federal Government of Nigeria has vowed to partner in the collaborative efforts to see to an end the multidimensional crises facing the Lake Chad Basin States.
The Minister has been engaging in international cooperation assignments connected to the United Kingdom, United States, Egypt, Cameroon, China, Gambia among others.
𝟖. 𝐆𝐥𝐨𝐛𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐰𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐍𝐢𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐚’𝐬 𝐀𝐧𝐭𝐢-𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐮𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐂𝐫𝐮𝐬𝐚𝐝𝐞
Speaking at the annual public lecture in New York organized by the Centre for Media and Peace Initiative, New York, United States of America, Malai explained that “various steps have been taken (by the Buhari-led Federal Government) in terms of legislatives frameworks, establishment of institutions and policy measures targeted at combatting corruption, regional corporation and ensuring good governance for the benefit of citizens”.
According to him, the outstanding successes recorded in the fight against corruption, especially in the international asset recovery could be a template for other African countries in the fight against corruption.
𝟗. 𝐒𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐑𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐃𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞, 𝐀𝐅𝐍
In an effort to ensure a better Nigeria, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, SAN pledged enormous support in providing the legal backing for the immediate implementation of reforms strategy for national security architecture.
Malami made this known as he received members of the Presidential Implementation Advisory Committee for the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Reform Committee on Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces of Nigeria, adding that the review of the defense and security architecture is crucial and a necessity considering the heightened level of insurgency and other internal and external threats.
𝟏𝟎. 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲, 𝐂𝐫𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐀𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐉𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐬
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has reassures the Federal Government’s unending support, dedication and commitment to end impunity for crimes against Journalists.
Malami gave the assurance in his keynote address at “Policy Dialogue on Protection of Journalists in commemoration of the 2021 International Day to end impunity for crimes against Journalists in Nigeria”, organized by Federal Ministry of Justice with the support from the Managing Conflict in Nigeria (MCN) program of the British Council Tuesday 2nd November, 2021 held in Abuja.
𝟏𝟏 𝐔𝐧𝐰𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐋𝐨𝐨𝐭 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐀𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐝
Malami pointed out that the Federal Government had identified at least many stolen funds which the government was determined and committed to recover from different countries of the world.
“We are looking to recover further about USD2 billion among others, but then, that does not mean to say that no other associated assets are being pursued in other countries of the world, including Ireland and other countries,” he said.
(to be continued).