– Justice minister Abubakar Malami has been appointed to oversee the sale of forfeited assets
– The decision has now been defended by the solicitor-general of the federation, Dayo Apata
– Apata said the appointment of Malami to coordinate the forfeited assets sale is within the purview of the law
Dayo Apata, a lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has defended the decision by President Muhammadu Buhari to assign the sale of forfeited assets to justice minister Abubakar Malami.
Speaking on Tuesday, February 3, Apata, who is the solicitor-general of the federation, said Malami is saddled with such responsibility by the constitution being the chief law enforcer, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng recalls that President Buhari had mandated the justice minister to sell all the assets recovered from people charged with corruption of fraud.
The move is aimed at generating money for the county in the face of lingering economic recession and crisis compounded by the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking at the Inter-Ministerial Committee on the Disposal of Assets Forfeited to the Federal Government (ICDAFFG), Apata said the sale is within the purview of the law of the country.
He also said buildings across different locations in Abuja and hundreds of vehicles of different mode have been marked for sale.
Apata said ICDAFFG will continue collating and updating the list of assets that have been finally forfeited to the federal government via court pronouncement.
“The eminent status and powers of the AGF in relation to criminal matters and operation of law enforcement agencies are well grounded under common law, the Constitution and enabling laws of the line agencies.
“Let me assure Nigerians, on behalf of the Hon. Attorney General of the Federation, that the composition of the committee is broad based and represents all relevant stakeholder interest that will guarantee efficiency and adherence to due process.”
Kalu appear in court over corruption
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Meanwhile, for a former governor of Abia state Orji Kalu, it is not yet Uhuru as he appeared in court on, Tuesday, February 2, over alleged money laundering.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Kalu before Justice Inyang Ekwo for the beginning of a fresh trial.
He was said to have siphoned N7.1 billion from the purse of government alongside his company, Slok Nigeria Limited when he was a governor from 1999 to 2007.