Mr. Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, in a meeting on Wednesday at his office in Abuja with the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), said that President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed all relevant agencies to compile the names of all looters with the view to promptly enforce the judgment of a Federal High Court in Lagos which ordered the federal government to release information about the high ranking public officials from whom public funds were allegedly recovered from.
The court also added that the federal government should tell Nigerians the circumstances under which funds were recovered and the exact amount recovered from the public officials.
Malami’s statement was disclosed today by Adetokunbo Mumuni, the executive director of SERAP.
“We had a very productive meeting with Mr Malami, discussing among other critical issues the need for the government to obey the judgment delivered in July by Hon Justice Hadiza Rabiu Shagari following a Freedom of Information suit number: FHC/CS/964/2016brought by SERAP.” Mumuni said
“Mr Malami informed us that President Buhari has directed the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Finance, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC and other relevant agencies involved in the recovery of looted funds to promptly put the documents together with a view to fully and promptly enforcing the judgment by Justice Shagari.
“We appreciate the opportunity to meet with the Attorney General of the Federation and look forward to working with him as the government strives to enforce this very important judgment.
“We hope that the implementation of the judgment will now happen sooner rather than later. We believe that effectively implementing the judgment will be a victory for the rule of law, show the way forward in the fight against corruption and impunity of perpetrators in the country, as well as demonstrate Buhari’s oft-repeated commitment to tackling the problem of grand corruption.”