Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has denied the allegations that two billion naira was paid to his office from the recovered funds.
This was contained in a statement issued by Dr Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
In the statement which was made available to newsmen in Abuja, the office said that prior to the repatriation of all the recovered assets, Nigeria and relevant nations had signed memorandum of understanding, MoU, as to what the monies would be put to and the government had been working in compliance with all the provisions of multi-national agreements reached.
He stated that it was on the basis of the application of the said funds in line with the agreements that Nigeria earned her reputation among international committee of nations which translated into further recoveries.
He said the Federal Government had a designated account at the Central Bank of Nigeria for all recovered assets.
He said Abubakar Malami had neither as a person nor as the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, received any funds as gratification from the recovered assets.
He said that Malami therefore challenged any person who had any evidence of such payments to either him or his office to come out publicly with proofs.