SaharaReporters' lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has asked Nigeria's Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to hands off the petition against media organisation by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), so that the court can adequately determine the case.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria made the demand on Monday in a letter to the IGP titled; "Re: Publication of Malicious Libel and Criminal Defamation Against Mr Abubakar Malami by SaharaReporters Inc".
Falana said the AGF had earlier threatened SaharaReporters with a libel lawsuit if the media house failed to retract its publications against him within seven days.
The lawyer said since the AGF had decided on a lawsuit, his petition to the IGP had become "needless" and "gratuitous".
FLASH: Attorney General, @MalamiSAN plotting with IGP of @PoliceNG to get @YeleSowore arrested over reports exposing his multibillion naira corruption as exposed by @SaharaReporters pic.twitter.com/2vfFmfZPqC— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) July 17, 2020
SaharaReporters has done series of exclusive investigative reports showing the corruption-fuelled opulent and extravagant lifestyle of the AGF and his family.
Last week, SaharaReporters published a viral video of how local and hard currencies were sprayed at the wedding ceremony of the AGF's son in Kebbi.
Six private jets were chartered to convey guests to the wedding.
PHOTONEWS: Over 6 Private Jets Land In Birnin Kebbi As AGF @MalamiSANâs Wife, Son-in-law And Siblings Of Groom Arrive In Chartered Jets To Embark On Third Leg Of The Five Day Long Extravaganza | Sahara Reporters— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) July 12, 2020
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The AGF, SaharaReporters learnt, was also building a multi-billion naira hotel reportedly under construction in Jabi, Abuja.
This is in addition to the luxury event centre he built for his second son in Kebbi.
Pictures of the exotic vehicles driven by the AGF's children have been published by the online news platform.
PHOTONEWS: Despite No Known Job, Children Of Nigeriaâs Attorney General Abubakar Malami Living Large, Riding Luxury Cars | Sahara Reporters@MalamiSAN— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) July 12, 2020
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Dr Junaid Mohammed, a Nigerian lawmaker in the second republic, has described the AGF as lacking in credibility.
A group of concerned citizens from Kebbi State from where the AGF hails have also asked Malami to clear himself from allegations of corruption and save the state from national embarrassment.
A lawyer, Kabir Akingbolu, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate and prosecute the Minister of Justice for corruption and abuse of office.