Abubakar Malami: Biography, Politician, Controversy, Personal Career & Age
Malami Nasarawa and Halima Malami.
Born: 17 April 1967
State of Origin: Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State,
Party: All Progressives Congress
Education: Usmanu Danfodiyo University
University of Maiduguri
Profession: Lawyer and politician
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
On 11 November 2015, Abubakar was appointed as Minister for Justice and Attorney-General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria thus making him the youngest minister in Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet. On 21 August 2019, he was re-appointed as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation by President Muhammadu Buhari on 21 August 2019.
In December 2017, Malami announced that the Federal Government has reached an agreement with the United States and Jersey to repatriate over $300 million of Nigerian public funds that had been stolen and stored abroad by former military head of state Sani Abacha. The agreement was finally signed in February 2020 with Malami stating that the federal government intends on using the recovered funds to finance infrastructure, namely the Lagos–Ibadan Expressway, Abuja-Kano highway, and Second Niger Bridge.
In June 2020, Malami filed a petition to the Government to remove the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu. In his petition, he stated that Ibrahim Magu should be sacked on several grounds raging from diversion of recovered loot to insubordination and misconduct. Magu disputed Malami’s claims and challenged Malami to present evidence that Magu had diverted funds. Magu was suspended on 7 July 2020 and eventually replaced as EFCC Chairman.
Later in June 2020, Malami wrote to state governors to inform them that no stamp duties had been recovered from 2016 to 2020. He demanded that state ministries, departments, agencies, and other government institutions engage and grant access to recovery agents for the purpose of the audit and recovery of stamp duties “to ensure that all established liabilities are remitted as appropriate.”
In October 2020, the office of the Attorney-General won a seven-year long legal battle with Interocean Oil over a contract dispute. The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes ruling in Nigeria’s favour relieved the government of $1.5 billion in liability payments and also awarded Nigeria $660,000 in arbitration costs.