MINISTER of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN), has requested for more time to enable him release the files containing corruption allegations against erstwhile Kogi West Senator Dino Melaye.
The Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) had claimed that the minister allegedly retrieved the files containing allegations that Melaye was operating foreign bank accounts from the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
Melaye was accused of using fictitious names to run series of foreign accounts, contrary to CCB regulations.
CSNAC said it wrote several letters to Malami, claiming that the non-release of the files was frustrating efforts to bring the senator to justice.
In a statement on Sunday, the group said Malami had responded and asked for time.
“In a letter addressed to CSNAC Chairman, Mr. Olanrewaju Suraju, Malami requested for an extension of time to study the request for the release of the case file,” the statement said.
It said, in the letter signed by State Counsel Nafisat Negi Ibrahim, the minister explained that due to the nature of the request, “the Ministry of Justice demands an extension of time to enable it respond to the request, in line with Section 6 of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2011”.
But, according to CSNAC, the minister’s request for more time to produce the file was “confusing”.
It added: “We have received response from the Justice Minister. The language is similar to responses in the past. It’s a case that will be pursued to its logical end until the files are released and Senator Malaye brought to book.”
Suraju said Melaye’s case is among the striking matters on alleged corruption that raised suspicions of state’s complicity, pointing to an attempt to cover up a high-profile case