In reaction to the recent reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, is currently probing former governor of Lagos Sate Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The attorney-general of the federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami has cleared the air on his involvement.
Following the recent speculations that Abubakar Malami, AGF is currently piloting the probe process of National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, in collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the EFCC and the Code of Conduct Bureau,(CCB), Malami has come out to refute such claims, saying his office is not filed any case against the “Jagaban of Lagos” as he is fondly called.
The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), said his office has not asked any anti-graft agency to carry out any investigations on the dealings of Tinubu.
But the AGF said he cannot tell if the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) are probing Tinubu as it is within their powers to do so.
Malami while speaking on the Telvision programme on channels TV said, while his office has not filed any case against the APC chieftain yet, it is under the jurisdiction of other anti-graft agencies like the EFCC to probe if they have questions and need answers.
According to him:
The Office of the AGF, as you rightly know, has not taken any decision, has not filed or instituted any action before any court in the land relating to Bola Ahmed Tinubu,”
But then, within the context of the law as you rightly know, the EFCC and the Code of Conduct are all statutory bodies vested with statutory powers to act within the context of the law establishing them.
So, I am not in a position to give you a precise answer and I will suggest to you that you may consider inviting the chairman of EFCC or perhaps the chairman of Code of Conduct for elaborate answers associated with those charges if any has been filed by those agencies.
“The Office of the AGF and its arm, which is the Director of Public Prosecutions, has not initiated any proceedings and no investigation has been instituted at its instance by any agency of government be it EFCC or the Code of Conduct Bureau.”
The EFCC had reportedly begun investigating the former Lagos governor demanding copies of Tinubu’s asset declaration form from CCB.
Recall that the EFCC had earlier filed a request to the Code of Conduct Bureau to be supplied with documents of assets belonging to the former Lagos State governor.
While some believe this may be a political move within the APC to play down on the alleged presidential ambition of Tinubu, others believe the new EFCC chairman Abudlrasheed Bawa is just out to do his job without political sentiments or compromise.