Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has expressed sadness over the flying corruption allegations leveled against him, saying it had caused “considerable distress, psychological trauma, anxiety and greatly injured his character and reputation”.
In the statement issued by his media aide, Umar Gwandu on Monday, the AGF said his person is suffering “what appears like a coordinated attack”.
President Muhammadu Buhari was recently called upon to probe Malami over high-profile corruption cases of “financial fraud” and “influence peddling”, as well as “illegally” auctioning sea vessels holding crude oil seized by the Federal Government as revealed in the ongoing investigation of the Economic and Finacial Crimes Commission ex-boss, Ibrahim Magu.
The AGF in reaction wrote the presidency, noting that he had declared all his assets and statements of accounts upon his assumption of office.
Malami insisted that the publications were untrue, fabrication and figment of the imagination,” adding that they violate his rights and the Nigerian Criminal and Penal Laws.
He, however, demanded an apology and the retraction of the publication, which he said has caused him too much trauma.
“A senior lawyer has already been briefed to deal with the matter as may be appropriate, in the event of failure to retract the publication in question and offer the requested apology within seven days”, the statement added.
He also noted that he has been receiving telephone calls and visits “from well-meaning Nigerians, his friends, well-wishers and associates from all over the world”.