EFCC, AGF In War Of Words

By Ikenga Chronicles September 9, 2017

EFCC, AGF In War Of Words

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu are in running battle over the leakage of classified information.

The EFCC had earlier alleged that the AGF leaked classified information from the EFCC on the alleged probe, on corruption charges, of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen and other prominent Nigerians.

But a visibly angry AGF on Friday not only denied the allegations but also took a swipe at the sponsors of the report, describing it as, “the unfortunate and unbecoming innuendo by certain persons and agencies which seek to accuse my office of leaking what was termed as classified information to the public.”

The Statement reads:

“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 Onnoghen, GCON and other former and serving government and judicial officers are under investigation for alleged corruption.

“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 non-existent classified information on an equally non-existent probe or investigation,” said the statement.

The statement further adds that the AGF strongly frowned 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.

Malami also reaffirmed what he described as his, “deep respect for the distinguished person and office of the Honourable Chief Justice of Nigeria.

“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. We wish to state further that we are neither aware of nor privy to any purported probe or ongoing investigation of the Honourable Chief Justice of Nigeria by any security or anti-graft agency. The office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation dissociates itself from the baseless allusion or suggestion obviously made in bad faith to the effect that His Lordship is under any form of probe or investigation whatsoever.

“In view of the above, the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice wishes to emphatically reiterate that he has profound confidence in the Chief Justice of Nigeria and wishes His Lordship the very best in the discharge or performance of his daunting duties to the nation at large,” the statement read in part.

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