Overwhelmed by the spate of criticism and condemnation trailing his questioning of Nigeria citizenship of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in a legislation courtroom, Lawyer Normal of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has denied ever instituting authorized motion on the citizenship or in any other case of Atiku.
Malami made the denial in an announcement issued by his Particular Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr Umar Jibirilu Gwandu which was made out there to our correspondent in Abuja on Wednesday.
The denial learn partly “The Honorable Lawyer Normal of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has by no means filed any case earlier than any courtroom within the nation difficult the citizenship of the previous Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
“The matter in competition was a part of the 2019 pre-election issues instituted by a Civil Society Group – the Integrated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission for Africa in go well with no: FHC/ABJ/CS/177/2019 in respect of which Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP), Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) and the Workplace of the Honourable Lawyer Normal of the Federation was made a co-defendant.
“The problem had already been broadly reported by the media since April 2019. It’s unlucky that stale information tales able to inflicting confusion are repackaged and offered to most people as present information.
Malami had in his response to the 2019 go well with filed on the federal excessive courtroom claimed that Atiku was not eligible to contest for the workplace of Presidency in Nigeria as a result of he was not a Nigerian citizen.
His affidavit in assist of the go well with has graphic historic backgrounds of Atiku to the impact that his father grandfather and nice grandfather weren’t Nigerians.
The identical place was canvassed on the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal by the All Progressive Congress APC in its response to the petition filed by Atiku to problem the return of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second time period of workplace.
The APC affidavit filed on its behalf by a authorized luminary, Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN to counter Atiku’s petition had insisted that Atiku was not certified for the 2019 Presidential election as a result of he’s a Cameroonian and never a Nigerian citizen by origin.