Abubakar malami( SAN), Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, said he is about to sue SaharaReporters within seven days if the online news publication failed to retract stories published on him on July 10, 11 and 12, 2020.
This was disclosed In a statement by his spokesperson, Umar Gwandu, on Monday, Malami said that “publications by SaharaReporters on each of the dates mentioned had caused him trauma and damaged his reputation before right-thinking persons across the world”.
The statement reads partly, “Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, vowed to take legal action against Sahara Reporters on account of defamatory publications made against him.
“Malami said, the consequence of the criminal defamation published by Sahara Reporters, has subjected him to considerable distress, psychological trauma, anxiety and greatly injured his character and reputation, which is capable of lowering his estimation in the eyes of right-thinking persons in the society”.
“He said for the reason that tenth of July 2020 when the defamatory articles turned into first published, he has been receiving numerous smartphone calls and visits from well-meaning Nigerians, his friends, nicely-wishers and associates from all over the global which include the ones he has dealt with/still dealing with in his respectable capacity as Nigeria’s chief regulation officer, lots of whom have expressed serious worries over the guide.
“Malami gave the medium a seven-day ultimatum to retract all of the libellous and criminally defamatory guides in opposition to him and difficulty a public apology to be published on the platform and on the front pages of 3 countrywide newspapers for three consecutive days.
“A senior attorney has already been briefed to deal with the matter as can be suitable, inside the occasion of failure to retract the guide in question and offer the asked apology in the stipulated time.”
Curiously, despite the danger to sue SaharaReporters for the stated publications, Malami failed to reveal the particular memories he changed into regarding and or cope with critical issues raised in every one.
In a chain of textual content and photo testimonies in latest days, SaharaReporters had exposed how Malami, who was a bit acknowledged legal professional before being appointed into the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, had maintained a luxurious life-style fuelled via questionable funds no matter showing a saintly attitude earlier than the general public.
Aside from shopping a N300m mansion in Abuja and erecting some other N100m property in Kebbi nation for his newly married son, Abdulaziz, Malami broke the bank to hire numerous personal jets to fly in circle of relatives individuals and critical visitors to the lavish ceremony, which occurred inside the Kano nation authorities residence on.
Besides the opulence on display, the event breached the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s guidelines on Coronavirus prevention as over 20 persons were in attendance against what the rule stipulates.
A previous leg of the ‘multi-layered’ wedding ceremony saw wads of naira and United States dollars being sprayed on Abdulaziz and his bride, Khadija Danbatta, thereby violating the Central Bank of Nigeria’s rule, which forbids the country’s currency from being sprayed or abused in any form in public.
In other exposes, SaharaReporters revealed how Malami’s sons drive around in multi-million naira luxury cars and how one of them owns an event centre in Kebbi State worth around N1bn without any known job or source of income.