The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, through his media aide, Umar Gwandu has denied allegations that he impeded the recovery of $60 billion stolen from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and stashed away in Texas, United States on Wednesday.
The allegation was made by the special prosecutor to the defunct Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property, Tosin Ojaomo, on Wednesday at the investigative hearing into the status of the recovered loots.
Mr Ojaomo said, “There was an intelligence given to the panel that the sum of $60 billion belonging to the Nigerian government is currently being domiciled at Texas, United States of America, which the panel has started working on, sir. All this has been taken over by the attorney-general of the federation.”
The chairman of the House ad-hoc committee investigating the matter, Adejoro Adeogun (APC, Ondo) has asked for proofs to back up his claims but he is yet to provide.
“We challenge anybody, who says the attorney general received any amount, we challenge such person to bring evidence forward.
“The AGF has a record of facilitating the repatriation of funds from the United States of America, the U.K., Island of Jersey and other territories across the globe. He has never had any history of standing as an encumbrance or preventing the recovery of any looted Nigerian asset,” he said.