Magu’s lawyer accuses Malami of protecting corrupt persons, exposes APC chieftain

2397, Tijjani Tumsah

Oluwatosin Ojaomo, lawyer to beleaguered acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, who is under suspension, has accused the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), of compromising the war against corruption, and in the process, raised the curtains on alleged corrupt practices of Tijjani Tumsah, the acting National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

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Magu and Malami have been enmeshed in a cold war with the Minister behind the present ordeal of the anti-graft czar, which was precipitated by a petition he penned.

Ojaomo, a prosecutor with the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property, alleged Malami of imperiling efforts against sleazes.

The lawyer in an interview with said the minister is in the habit of withholding approval for the prosecution of hundreds of assets forfeiture and other criminal cases.

He cited a case of two brothers, Ibrahim and Tijjani Tumsah, who according to  him, Malami helped to retrieve without due process 86 expensive vehicles and real estate seized by the SPIP on the orders of a Federal High Court.

The report said Ibrahim, is an ex-Director of Finance and Administration at the defunct Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, while his brother, Tijjani, is the former Vice Chairman of the dissolved Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative, and a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

Tijjani was recently appointed the interim National Secretary, APC , headed by the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni.

“Most of us that are ready to support the anti-corruption war have been hampered by the action of the AGF. I have also visited his office, they said they would get back to me, but they have not done so up till now. I met personally with the AGF and he promised to reach me, but nothing was done. They just want to hold on to the cases until the tenure of the President elapses,” the paper quoted Ojaomo as saying.

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