Tuesday, 2 May 2017

AGF briefs Buhari on anti-graft campaign, others

The Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami on Tuesday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the fight against corruption in the country and Electoral reform bill.

Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Malami said his meeting with the President was a routine briefing.

According to him, the President is worried with the delay in the passage of the anti-corruption and electoral reform bills by the National Assembly.

He said: “It relates to general issues – the issues that have to do with anti-corruption. Mr. President is worried that anti-corruption bills that are pending before the National Assembly overtime, there has not been any expeditious determination on the passage of the bills and indeed, the asset management agency was also part of the discussion.

“Mr. President is worried that the assets that have been gathered over time by the agencies of government and that are responsible for the fight against corruption are scattered all over the place and embedded in the Proceeds of Crime Bill is Asset Management Agency which is the agency put in place by the presidency for the purpose of the management of the associated assets that are recovered.

“So, Mr. President is indeed worried and the discussions bothered on how best we can handle it. There are limited issues that relate to the parastatals under the Ministry of Justice.

“As you are aware, this afternoon, the Electoral Reform Committee that has been put in place has submitted its report to my office. I equally briefed Mr. President on that and in addition to the report, there are bills that have been presented for the consideration of the Federal Executive Council as they relate to amendment to the electoral process.

“The whole essence of the meeting was to seek the view of Mr. President and the direction as to what to do next on the Electoral Reform Committee report that has been submitted and to consider routine processes under the Ministry of Justice.”

He also disclosed that the Presidential Investigative Panel headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo may submit its report by Wednesday.

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