Abubakar Malami (SAN), Attorney-General of the Federation of Nigeria and Minister of Justice was a little known lawyer before being appointed into the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
Within a period of five years as the AGF, Abubaka Malamy is being accused of maintaining an opulent lifestyle fuelled by public funds despite displaying a saintly posture before the public. Obviously, no public servant depending on his official emolument alone cannot sustain such affluent lifestyle.
Reports has it that Malami had already bought a N300m mansion in Abuja as a gift to his son, Abdul Aziz, who graduated from a university in Cyprus in 2018 and just got married. The son, while in the University, was said to be known among his circle to live a flamboyant lifestyle purportedly fuelled by public funds at the disposal of his father, who remains one of the most powerful and influential figures in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Another evidence has also surfaced of a second mansion worth N100m built by Nigeria’s Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami, in Kebbi State in the name of the same son, Abdulaziz.
The building was discovered to have been erected within two months in readiness for Abdulaziz and his new bride, Khadija Danbatta, to move in to after the second leg of their lavish wedding..
The sprawling edifice is said to be located in the choice neighbourhood of Gesse Phase II in Birnin Kebbi, capital of Kebbi State.
Abdulaziz and his wife are expected to also make use of the property aside the one in Abuja.
According to a report by Saturday PUNCH, Malami last year granted approval to some operators in the oil industry to sell five sea vessels holding crude oil and diesel forfeited to the Nigerian Government.
The vessels valued at millions of naira and laden with tonnes of crude oil and diesel were seized by security agencies from illegal oil bunkering operators during different operations.In separate documents, the AGF directed Omoh-Jay Nigeria Ltd to dispose of the crude oil and diesel in four sea vessels through an open bid.
In another approval, the AGF was reported to have mandated the firm to sell five vessels despite the fact that the firm and its Managing Director, Mr Jerome Itepu, stood trial at the Delta State High Court, Asaba, for allegedly stealing about 12,000 metric tonnes of crude oil loaded in a vessel, MT Akuada a.k.a. MT Kua, valued at N384m in 2009. The auctioneer was to get three per cent of the sale.
The EFCC had in 2015 arraigned four persons on charges of conspiracy, stealing and receiving stolen goods.
The accused included a businessman and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Edo Central Senatorial District, Chief Francis Inegbeneki; Chief Executive Officer of Omoh-Jay Nigeria Ltd., Mr Jerome Itepu; Omoh-Jay Nigeria Ltd. and Ine Oil Ltd. owned by Inegbeneki.
The suit, numbered A/EFCC/1c/2015, was filed on March 24, 2015 by A.J. Arogha, Esq. and U.R. Ewoh, Esq. on behalf of the EFCC.
The accused were charged with “conspiracy, contrary to, and punishable under section 516 of the Criminal Code Law, CAP C21, Laws of Delta State 2006”
.An act, Kabir Akingbolu, a lawyer dissagrred with the AGF. According to Kabir Abubakar Malami does not have such powers to order for the sale. To further expose the anomalies and administrative recklessness of Malami, he cited section 31 (2) and (4) of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, which is the enabling Act, under which Malami purportedly acted.
He submitted that the AGF does not have such power either under section 174 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria or under the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004. Section 31 (2) of the EFCC Act states that “Upon receipt of a final order pursuant to this section, the secretary to the commission shall take steps to dispose of the property concerned by sale or otherwise and where the property is sold, the proceeds thereof shall be paid into the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation”.
According to Saharareporters, Malami broke the bank to hire several private jets to fly in family members and important guests to the lavish ceremony, which took place inside the Kano State Government House , venue for the wedding ceremony.
Besides the opulence on display, the event breached the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s guidelines on Coronavirus prevention as over 20 persons were in attendance against what the rule stipulates.
A previous leg of the ‘multi-layered’ wedding ceremony saw wads of naira and United States dollars being sprayed on Abdulaziz and his bride, Khadija Danbatta, thereby violating the Central Bank of Nigeria’s rule, which forbids the country’s currency from being sprayed or abused in any form in public.
In other exposes, SaharaReporters revealed how Malami’s sons drive around in multi-million naira luxury cars and how one of them owns an event centre in Kebbi State worth around N1bn without any known job or source of income.
In addition to these, fresh facts at the disposal of SaharaReporters has revealed how Malami’s first wife in 2019 bought a property worth N33m in Kebbi State.
The property is located opposite Y.S Makera Secondary, Primary and Nursery Schools on Sani Abacha Bypass Road in Birnin Kebbi, capital of Kebbi State.
Findings by SaharaReporters revealed that the woman was into the sales of petty items prior to 2015 when her husband joined President Buhari’s government.
She is, however, said to now control many houses and businesses worth millions of naira in Kebbi and Kano states.
These revelations are on top of the discovery of a newly completed state-of-the-art school owned by Malami and said to be one of the biggest in Northern Nigeria.
The revelations by SaharaReporters comes shortly after Malami was discovered to have ordered the auction of crude oil and diesel seized by the Nigerian Government from an oil firm known as Omoh-Jay Nigeria Ltd.
The AGF has also faced increased public bashing for taking over some high profile corruption and human rights violation cases only to allow such fizzle into oblivion against public interest.
Last week, he ordered the EFCC to transfer all top corruption cases to his office, sparking fears of such matters disappearing from the landscape in no time going by previous events.