The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have grilled some aides to the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN for allegedly selling presidential pardon.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had pardoned about 159 convicts, including a former Governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, and former Governor Jolly Nyame of Taraba State, who are both in prison for diverting billions of naira of public funds.
The decision was reached during a Council of State meeting presided over by President Buhari on April 15, 2022.
Sources at the Ministry of Justice disclosed that several aides to Malami who were responsible for the processing of the list are currently being questioned by the EFCC.
According to the report, a Director at the Ministry of Justice was among those quizzed by the anti-graft agency.
Attempts to get a response from the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, proved abortive as he neither responded to calls nor a text message on Wednesday.
Spokesperson for the AGF, Umar Gwandu also did not respond to an inquiry on why the Office of the AGF has yet to publish the full list of the beneficiaries of the pardon.
Responding to the scandal, human rights lawyer, Femi Falana said the AGF’s office had no business with the list after the President’s approval.
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