Justice Odili: Malami denies suspect, says, ‘I didn’t engage any consultant’

Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, on Thursday distanced himself from the confessions of a suspect paraded (read here) by the police in connection with the attack on Justice Mary Odili's residence.

The AGF demanded that the suspect produce evidence of their contract, terms of reference for the alleged consultancy service, and when he was hired.

Dr. Umar Gwandu, Malami's Special Assistant for Media and Public Relations, clarified the situation in an Abuja statement.

According to him, "The attention of the Office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has been drawn to a confession of a suspect during interrogation in the investigation of the recent invasion of the residence of the highly respected Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Mary Peter Odili. 

"With all the competent, high level professionals and capable human resources available at the disposal of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, it only takes the imagination of the evil minds to assume or think that the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice will descend so low to engaging a quack or fake police officer to serve as his consultant.

"This is a case of a drowning man scavenging for a dying partner. We are happy to note that investigation has commenced to unravel the circumstances and personalities behind the invasion and sponsored campaign of calumny against the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

"It is our desire and we hope that the investigation would also disclose those after the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, those dragging his personality, his name and his exalted office in the dirty politics of disrepute.

"This is an orchestrated attempt to stir unnecessary controversies and public apprehension.

"We asked the suspect to present documents of engagements where he worked as a consultant to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, whether in past or now.

"Consultant for what? Which activity or assignment? When was he engaged? What were the terms of references for the alleged consultancy service? When was he engaged? Where was he engaged? Which worked has he executed for the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and the Ministry of Justice? For what duration? And for how much?

"We boldly and unequivocally challenge the fake consultant/police officer to come out with answers or responses to these questions to the general public.

"The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice superintends over and respects the rule of law and will not do anything to undermine the sanctity of his office and that of the entire judiciary and Justice sector."

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