20181221

"I Didn't Support Buhari, FG's Refusal To Release Dasuki" - AGF Malami Opens Up

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has adduced reason why the Federal High Court in Abuja should not strip him off the rank of SAN for encouraging the Federal Government to ignore six separate court orders that granted bail to the detained former National Security Adviser.

Malami, in a five-paragraphed affidavit he filed before the court, said he did not at any point in time support the federal government’s refusal to release Dasuki who has been in custody of the Department of State Service, DSS, since December 29, 2015.

He denied report that he had in an interview he granted to an online media outfit, insisted that Dasuki, who served as NSA under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, would not be allowed to enjoy any form of freedom, in view of the gravity of offence he allegedly committed while in office.

The AGF told the court that he never rendered legal advice to President Muhammadu Buhari, FG, or any of its agencies in contravention of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, or any other law in force, adding that he has no control over the DSS or its Director General so as to influence Dasuki’s continued detention.

To further exonerate himself, Malami, in the affidavit that was deposed to by a senior lawyer in his chambers, Mr. Ballah Ali, told the court that he was the one that persuaded FG to release the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, on bail.

He said he also convinced FG to pay N135 million as compensation to families of deceased and injured victims of the invasion of an uncompleted building in Apo area of Abuja by DSS in 2013, sequel to the recommendation of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC.

Consequently, he urged the court to dismiss the suit that was lodged against him by an Abuja based constitutional lawyer, Mr. Johnmary Jideobi.

In his defence however, Malami maintained that the allegation that he backed FG’s action against Dasuki was “false, fabricated and falsified” to bring him to public ridicule.

Nevertheless, he said there was nothing before the court to show that Dasuki perfected all the conditions or terms of the bail that was granted to him on July 2, 2015.

“The Supreme Court equally held that the EFCC, though the prosecuting agency, cannot be held responsible for the detention of Dasuki by DSS..."


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