The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, over publications against him by online news medium, Sahara Reporters.
Malami in the petition by his lawyer, Sunday Ameh, wants the police to investigate the motive behind the libelous and criminal defamation of his character, his integrity and reputation by the news medium.
The petition reads in part, “For the records Sir, Malami is a second term Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice who has been returned due to his exemplary leadership of the anti-corruption program of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Under the supervision of Malami as Attorney General, the extant National Anti Corruption Strategy was conceived, designed, approved by the Federal Executive Council and is currently being implemented.
“Malami’s re-appointment as Attorney General is first of its kind and to our mind, a testimony of his unparalleled performance in Office, especially in driving the Anti-Corruption agenda of the Government among others.
“In sum, the libellous publications contained direct allegations and innuendos … Notwithstanding that the stories untrue and false; Sahara Reporters published the defamatory articles in issue malafide, with intention to ridicule our client before the whole world.
“Our client has since July 10, when the malicious criminal libel were first published, received and still receives several telephone calls and visits from well meaning Nigerians, his friends, well-wishers and associates from all over the world including those he has dealt with/still dealing with in his official capacity as Nigeria’s Chief Law Officer many of whom have expressed serious concerns as to his alleged conducts as reported by Sahara Reporters.
“Our client deserves justice”.
Malami has earlier issued a 7-day ultimatum to Sahara Reporters to tender apology and retract the stories or face legal action