Attorney General Malami has abused his office in Misau’s case — Group

Abubakar Malami
Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami PHOTO: Daily Trust

A civil society organisation, Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), has accused the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, of abusing powers bestowed on his office in handling of the case between the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and Senator Isa Misau.

The group questioned why the AGF took up a case between two citizens “an apparent favour” of one.

The case between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Senator Misau is currently being heard by the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Mr. Misau alleged that Mr. Idris stole about N10 billion monthly as internally generated revenue from policemen attached to private citizens and oil companies, engaged in romantic affairs with policewomen, and practiced favouritism in the promotion and appointment of Commissioners of Police.

The Senate set up a committee to probe the allegations, but the IGP while appearing before the panel declined to answer questions saying it would amount to subjudice since the matter was in court.

In an open letter on Monday, the CDHR described the decision of AGF to file criminal charges against Mr. Misau as an abuse of power.

“It is utterly worrisome that although the allegations by Senator Misau, being investigated by the Senate, are specifically directed at or against the person of Mr. Ibrahim Idris and not against the Federal Government or the Nigerian Police Force, but the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation, exploiting your office and acting on behalf of the Federal Government, filed two separate charges in different courts against Senator Misau for allegedly making injurious statements against Mr. Ibrahim Idris, the IGP,” the letter reads.

“Both cases are pending in Abuja before the Federal High Court and the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, respectively. This decision to file two criminal charges against Senator Misau, apparently in favour of Mr. Ibrahim Idris, the IGP, in the circumstance, comes across as an abuse of your office as the Attorney-General of the Federation. By instituting those criminal charges against Senator Misau you have given the very dangerous impression that the Buhari Administration is determined to cover up allegations of corruption made against any public officer.”

While calling on the AGF to withdraw the cases, the group challenged Mr. Malami to allow the IGP to defend himself.

“Mr. Ibrahim Idris, the IGP, has filed a libel suit against Senator Isah Misau. Since Mr. Idris has rightly decided to defend his own reputation by suing for libel, the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) is compelled to request that you immediately discontinue the embarrassing criminal charges against Senator Misau without any delay. We are convinced that the libel suit filed by Mr. Idris will restore his reputation if Senator Isah Misau fails to substantiate his allegations at the trial of the libel suit. The office of the Attorney General of the Federation is not to engage in taking up causes against citizens in apparent favour of certain individuals because they hold public offices.”


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  • realist

    That is how Buhari wants it, or you think Anthony general will have the gut to do this strange things without the consent of his principal. They all carry 13th C mentality and not ready to make any progress.

    • Ubong

      Its not the issue but how on earth should all the civil organisations in Nigeria allow this highlt corrupt continue in court. What is the business of federal government in a case between two private citizens. Where are we going in this country. Do not be sbocked that a judges will listen to this case and conclude that its right for federal government to discriminate against her citizens. We are doomed in this country if AGF could be so naive and partisan to institute this frivolous case, using taxpayers money to supoort one Nigerian against the other in a matter that is purely private.i

    • eshe_70@yahoo.com

      Do u mean attorney general or Anthony general?

      • realist

        Childish question

        • eshe_70@yahoo.com

          Can u proofread ur comment then

          • realist

            I didn’t say I am right, but I believe it is childish to waste time asking question on typographical error. Which a reasonable person would read and substitute the correct words from his mind.

  • Passionate about Nigeria

    I keep saying it – this Attorney-General is the worst we have ever had in the history of Nigeria. Even the bad ones we had in the past knew some law just that they twisted in to favour injustice. This half-baked incompetent hack is a disgrace…..he doesn’t know law and he now uses his ignorance to bastardise the legal system…This is disgusting to watch

  • Moneyz N Horseyz

    On point !

  • pambegua

    The office of AGF Malami is empowered under Section 174 (1) of the 1999 Constitution is vested with the power to undertake and initiate criminal proceedings in any court of law in Nigeria against anybody. The CDHR may be having their personal problem with the IG that does not mean they will stop the AGF from carrying out his constitutional duties. The IG as an employee of the EXECUTIVE had two options. To approach the AGF who can take the case up for him or take the case directly to court when his character is assassinated by Senotor Misau

    • Passionate about Nigeria

      Seriously? You are canvassing this position? This priority for the AGF? Is this in the public interest? Is this the best use of his time and resources as chief law officer of Nigeria. Some of the allegations border on fraud –
      is it the job of Mr Hack AGF to be defending alleged fraudsters or investigating and prosecuting them? Come to think of it has the alleged defamation or libel even been proved? Are you aware the libel and defamation of character are civil torts and not criminal in nature? What law empowers the AGF to institute civil proceedings arising from an alleged tort between private citizens? Please…

  • eshe_70@yahoo.com

    Malami makes Ex AGF Andoakaa look like a genius. Except being among the 97% I don’t know what else qualified him to be the AGF