S’West govs’ statement shows some politicians derive pleasure in dragging Malami’s name in the mud –AGF office

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But the AGF in a statement issued on Wednesday night by his Special Assistant (Media and Public Relations), Dr Umar Gwandu, said he took exception to remarks by the South-West governors.

He said, “It is important to state that the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation belongs to the executive arm of the government. The Supreme Court belongs to the Judiciary.

“The Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice takes exception to the South-West Governors unjustifiable insinuation of impunity against the office of the Attorney-General over execution of a judgment of the Supreme Court.

“The role of the executive is, in this respect, simply to aide the maintenance of law and order in due compliance with rule of law arising from giving effect to the judgment of the apex court of the land.

“Let it be known that the issue is regarding a Supreme Court Judgement that was delivered in 2012 long before the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in office at a time when Malami was not a minister.

“The judgment was a reaffirmation of the judgments of Court of Appeal and High Court delivered on December 31, 1993.

“The press release came to us as a  surprise. We see it as a vituperation of ulterior motives of some political class who derived pleasure in dragging the name of Malami in the mud to achieve some sinister objectives.

“It is widely reported in the papers that the Lagos State Governor was quoted to have said ‘I’ve spoken extensively with the Inspector-General of Police and the  Honourable Attorney-General, and we’ve resolved all the issues.’

“The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, would appreciate if the coalition of the governors will help to unravel the circumstances preventing the Lagos State Government from enforcing the court order despite several attempts from 2012- 2015 and so-called settlement initiative started in 2016.

“Some of the cardinal pillars of democratic government are  the doctrine of separation of powers and obedience to the rule of law inclusive of Court Orders.”

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