Bawa: Malami replies Sagay over claims of interference

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The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN has lambasted the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay.

Sagay had claimed that Malami would interfere with the work of new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa.

He expressed apprehension that Malami and Bawa could be related by virtue of both being indigenes of Kebbi State, adding that Malami has shown a tendency to interfere in the affairs of the two anti-corruption agencies – EFCC and ICPC.

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However, Malami through his spokesman, Umar Gwandu, described the PACAC Chairman’s comment as “the highest of confusion”.

He wondered why Sagay expressed great optimism at the appointment of Bawa only to soil it with pessimism in the same breath.

“There was nothing to worry about the new leadership of the EFCC which many Nigerians hail, unless the old man has skeletons in his cupboard.

“We advise the old man not to start having a hallucinated, mixed-up and confused vision of a prognostic future envisaged by his sentiments.

“Let Sagay make less noise but allow the young man discharge his duties with vigour and vibrancy.

“Nigerians will be happy if the old man would come out publicly to explain reasons why he is jittery over the development, which has been praised and commended by Nigerians,” Malami said.

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