….says nothing would stop fight against corruption
By Henry Daniel
Sunreporters-The Civil Society Network Against Corruption, (CSNAC) had accused the Attorney General of the Federation & Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami, of undermining the trial of the former senator Dino Melaye who is linked with a string of corruption both at home and abroad.
The group in a statement delivered by the chairman, Mr. Olanrewaju Suraju, said this is evident when Malami requested for more time to study and release files containing corruption charges against former senator Dino Melaye.
It is on record that the Malami has requested for more time before he could release files containing corruption charges against former Senator, Dino Melaye.
Melaye who represented Kogi West was accused of using fictitious names to run series of foreign accounts contrary to the regulations of the Nigerian Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
The group said, in several letters, it had demanded for the file which was said to have been earlier retrieved from the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) by Malami thereby frustrating efforts to bring the lawmaker to justice.
More so in a the letter signed by State Counsel, Nafisat Negi Ibrahim, the Minister said that in view of the nature of the request, the Ministry of Justice demands an extension of time to enable it respond to the request in line with Section 6 of the Freedom of Information Act 2011.
“CSNAC said, “The request by the Minister for more time to produce the corruption file is “confusing. We have received response from the Justice Minister. The language is similar to responses in the past. It is a case that will be pursued to its logical end until the files are released and Senator Melaye brought to book.
Suraju who double as the the Chairman of Human Environmental and Development Agenda (HEDA), said the Melaye trial remains one of the striking cases of corruption that raises suspicions of state complicity indicating an attempt to cover up a high profile case.
“The minister, who recently accused the suspended chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, of delaying investigation in a complex matter of P&ID in less than one year of investigation will have no Justification for holding a file involving a concluded investigation for almost 3 years.”
“On 16th of May, 2018, we, the anti-corruption group had requested for update on the petition on the matter and got a response from the CCB dated May 22, 2018 stating the transfer of the case file on the request of the Attorney General from the Bureau to the Federal Ministry of Justice.
“Again on 13th March, 2020 another request for an update on the matter was submitted to CCB with a reminder in another letter dated August 07, 2020. The Ministry admitted taking over the case file by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
“The file contained allegations thatSenator Dino Melaye was operating foreign bank accounts but that the file had been taken away from the Bureau to the office of the Attorney General of Federation and Minister of Justice in response to the request from the Attorney General vide a letter with reference number DPPA/REO/686/17 dated January 5, 2018.”