EFCC Grills Malami’s Aides Over Alleged ‘Sale’ Of Presidential Pardon

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Some aides of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) have reportedly been grilled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

EFCC quizzed the aides for allegedly selling presidential pardon.

The report revealed that there is suspicion of corruption in the compilation of the presidential pardon list.

Mrs Leticia Ayoola-Daniels, Director of Administration of Criminal Justice and Reforms department under the Ministry of Justice is reportedly being quizzed by the EFCC.

A further report has it that the aides invited have been subjected to lie detector tests “and many of them are failing.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in April pardoned former governors of Plateau and Taraba states, Joshua Dariye and Jolly Nyame, respectively who are currently serving jail terms for corruption.

The decision was reached by the President after getting the nod of the Council of State on the 15th of April.

The Council is made up of the President, Vice-President, former Heads of State, former and serving Chief Justices, Senate President, Speaker, governors and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF).

President Buhari submitted the names of 162 persons to the Council for advice after the recommendation of the Presidential Prerogative of Mercy Committee.

Everyone on the list was pardoned, except Francis Atuche, former Managing Director of Bank PHB, and two others.

The decision of the President to pardon the former governors has stirred reactions online.

Despite the pardon granted by President Buhari, Dariye and Nyame are yet to be released from prison.

Sources at the Ministry of Justice disclosed that several aides of Malami who were responsible for the processing of the list are currently being questioned by EFCC.

An official of the Ministry said, “Of particular surprise is the inclusion of Atuche on the list that was submitted to the Council of State.

“There are several names that raised suspicion and the EFCC had to be called in to investigate what went down”, the official stated.

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