‘Look elsewhere EFCC, we didn’t leak report that CJN is under probe’- AGF

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice,
Abubakar Malami, SAN, has refutted the claim by the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that his Office leaked the
information that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Walter
Onnoghen is under investigation alongside some other former and
serving government and judicial officers for alleged corruption.

The office of the AGF in a statement yesterday denied the allegation

The AGF insisted that it did not at any time leak such information to
the media as wrongly alluded by the EFCC, adding that the pertinent
question to ask is since the Agency has publicly denied that the
Honourable Chief Justice of Nigeria is not under probe or
investigation; is it then possible for the same EFCC to have forwarded
any classified information on a non-existent probe or investigation of
the Honourable CJN to the Honourable Attorney General of the
Federation?

Malami also averred that the position of the Commission on the issue
also goes to show that his office couldn’t have leaked a non-existent
classified information on an equally non-existent probe or
investigation.

The statement dated September 08, 2017 reads in full that: ”The
attention of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and
Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has been drawn to a report
in the media space insinuating that the Honourable Chief Justice of
Nigeria, Hon. Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, GCON and other
former and serving government and judicial officers are under
investigation for alleged corruption.

“The report also listed other high-profile Nigerians who it claimed
are purportedly under investigation for corruption to include former
Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance under
ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, present
Minister of Solid Minerals Development and former Governor of Ekiti
State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, a sitting judge of the Federal High Court,
Hon. Justice Abdu Kafarati, among others.

“The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of
Justice wishes to express his displeasure over the unfortunate and
unbecoming innuendo by certain persons and agencies which sought to
accuse his office of leaking what was termed as classified information
to the public.

“This office therefore wish to state categorically, but with absolute
repudiation, that it did not at any time leak such information to the
media as wrongly alluded by the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC). The pertinent question to ask is since the EFCC has
publicly denied that the Honourable Chief Justice of Nigeria is not
under probe or investigation; is it then possible for the same EFCC to
have forwarded any classified information on a non-existent probe or
investigation of the Honourable CJN to the Honourable Attorney General
of the Federation? It also goes to show that the Office of the
Honourable Attorney General of the Federation could not have leaked a
non-existent classified information on an equally non-existent probe
or investigation.

“The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of
Justice strongly frowns at any unsavoury attempt or conspiracy to drag
his office and that of the Honourable Chief Justice of Nigeria into
petty squabbles in the midst of burning national issues.

“We therefore use this opportunity to reaffirm our deep respect for
the distinguished person and office of the Honourable Chief Justice of
Nigeria, and we will never be party to any unpatriotic effort to
denigrate his exalted office. We wish to state unequivocally that the
office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation will
continue to collaborate with His Lordship in his efforts to reform the
judiciary and galvanize the anti-graft war. Indeed the present
administration appreciates His Lordship for his unwavering support for
its anti-corruption drive.

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