House of Reps panel probes NNPC Joint Venture contracts with IOCs

…Summons AGFMalami, Kyari The House of Representatives has unveiled plans to investigate the structure and accountability of the Joint Venture (JV) businesses between Nigeria and International Oil Companies (IOCs) between 1990 to date. To this end, the House resolved to set up an ad-hoc Committee to investigate all Joint Venture (JV) operations and Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) in the Oil and Gas sector since 1990, with a view to ascertaining whether or not the capital expenditure, operations, financials and related frameworks are within the ambit of law and Production Sharing…

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“We’ve played critical role in rescuing nation’s economy from total collapse, insecurity, corruption” – AGF Malami

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, (SAN), has said that his ministry has played a critical role in rescuing the nation’s economy from total collapse. The Minister stated this at the opening ceremony of a retreat organised for the top management of the Federal Ministry of Justice with the theme: “Enhancing systems and structures in the Federal Ministry of Justice for effective service delivery”, which was held in Kano. Besides, he said the ministry has also aided the fight against the twin malaise…

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Paris Club Refund: Governors fire back at Malami, say he’s defending private interest 

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has responded to the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami over the controversy concerning the payment of consultancy fees amounting to $418 million from the Paris Club refund. Speaking on a television programme yesterday, the spokesperson of the NGF, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo questioned why the AGF was so concerned about private claims to State funds. Recall that in 2021, the governors had obtained an order from a Federal High Court, in Abuja, restraining the Federal Government from deducting the money from…

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Alleged Fraud: EFCC interrogates Malami’s aide over sale of forfeited assets

The Head of Asset Recovery and Management unit, Ministry of Justice, Ladidi Mohammed, is reportedly being grilled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), over allegations of fraud. According to reports, Mohammed, who is very close to the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, was initially detained for a number of days by the EFCC and grilled over allegations of fraudulent sale of recovered assets worth billions.  She was granted administrative bail with strident bail conditions which she could not meet until Thursday. According to sources, Mohammed was…

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$418m Paris Club Refund: ‘AGF Malami working against public interest, colluding with consultants’ – Governors allege

The 36 State governors, under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), have raised an alarm over a purported attempt to deduct $418 million from the Federation Account to settle the controversial Paris Club debt to private consultants. The consultants are claiming a percentage of Paris Club refunds as payment for services they said they rendered to the States and local governments.  The governors alleged that a special relationship exists between the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and the private consultants above Nigeria’s…

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AGF Malami takes Buhari’s daughter as third wife in private ceremony

The Attorney-General of the Federation, (AGF), Abubakar Malami, has wedded Nana Hadiza, daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari. A source confirmed to newsmen that the wedding took place yesterday at a private Nikkai ceremony held at the Presidential Villa. Nana-Hadiza, aged 41, is Buhari’s third daughter with his first wife, Safinatu, and was married to AbdulRahman Mamman Kurfi, with whom she had six children before their divorce. With this marriage, Hadiza becomes the third wife of the minister. Meanwhile, Malami’s spokesperson, Umar Gwandu, did not respond to an inquiry about the…

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Supreme Court dismisses Buhari, Malami’s suit against new Electoral Act

The Supreme Court has struck out a suit filed by President Muhammad Buhari and the Attorney-General of the Federation, (AGF) Abubakar Malami, challenging Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act. The suit was sacked on Friday by a seven-judge bench of the apex court, led by Musa Dattijo-Muhammad. The bench unanimously struck out the suit, saying that it was an abuse of the court process. Delivering the lead judgment, Aokmaye Agim, held that President Buhari, having earlier assented to section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act 2022, cannot turn around to…

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Electoral Act: Supreme Court reserves judgment on Buhari’s suit

The Supreme Court has reserved judgment in the suit filed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney-General of the Federation, (AGF), seeking to void section 84(12) of the Electoral Act 2022. Recall that President Buhari had on February 25 assented to the Electoral Act (amendment) Bill. He, however, asked the National Assembly to delete section 84(12) of the Act, which reads: “No political appointee at any level shall be a voting delegate or be voted for at the convention or congress of any political party for the purpose of the…

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Electoral Act 2022: Supreme Court to hear suit by Buhari, AGF Malami Thursday

Nigeria’s Supreme Court has scheduled a hearing for May 19 in the suit by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, (SAN). The scheduling is not only reflected in the court’s case list for the week but it was gathered that parties have since been served hearing notices. The suit, filed on April 29, 2022, the National Assembly is listed as the sole defendant. The plaintiffs are contending among others, that the said section of the Electoral Act 2022 is in…

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2023: How APC guideline puts Amaechi, Ngige, Malami, others in tight corner

There are speculations that the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) may disqualify the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige; Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi and the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, from contesting in the party’s presidential primaries slated for May 30 and June 1, 2022. The three ministers who are running for the presidency on the platform of the party are yet to comply with the provisions of the party’s new guidelines for the nomination of candidates for the 2023 general elections by resigning…

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