Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, on Wednesday, clarified that he was not the one that approached the court to query the citizenship of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.
In a statement, he made available to newsmen through his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Malami, said he did not institute legal action on the citizenship or otherwise of the former VP.
He however explained that the affidavit he filed before the court was in response to a 2019 pre-election suit that was filed by a Civil Society Organization – the Incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission for Africa.
“The matter in contention was part of the 2019 pre-election matters instituted by a Civil Society Organization – the Incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission for Africa in suit no: FHC/ABJ/CS/177/2019 in respect of which Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation was made a co-defendant.
“The issue had already been widely reported by the media since April 2019.
“It is unfortunate that stale news stories capable of causing confusion are repackaged and presented to the general public as current news”, Malami’s statement read.
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