- Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation, has said that the whistleblower policy introduced by the government has helped recover billions of naira from looters
- Malami said this while addressing a cross section of audience during an event held in Abuja
- He reiterated Buhari's government's commitment to fight corruption, adding that looters would not be spared
Minister of justice and attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, has expressed satisfaction with the whistle-blower policy introduced by the government, adding that the country has been able to recover billions of naira from the siphoned public loots through the policy.
The Nation reports that Malami made this statement while addressing a cross section of participants at the 2nd annual conference/induction for members of the Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Auditors (CIFIA).
He added that the fight against corruption would have been abortive if not for the support of establishments such Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), executive order no.6, and other anti-corruption committees set up by the government.
He said: "Mr. President has since assumption of office, through my office as the honourable attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, introduced measures aimed at preventing culprits of corruption from using money or properties obtained through corrupt means."
“Some of these measures include the introduction of the whistleblower policy, executive order No.6, establishment of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), just to mention a few.
“These measures have yielded positive results, particularly in the recovery of proceeds of crime running into billions of naira through the whistleblower policy.
Malami, who commended Buhari-led government's commitment to fight corruption, said the government will give what it takes to prosecute and jail those found guilty of corrupt practices to serve as deterrents to people indulging in various corruption practices.
He said: “While such measures will be strengthened to achieve the desired objective, it is the belief of this administration that those, who corruptly enrich themselves with public funds, should not only be denied the benefits of the proceeds of their corrupt practices, but should also be tried in court and where found guilty should be jailed to act as a deterrent to others.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Malami had accused Ibrahim Magu of breaching the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) rules on prosecutions. Magu is the chairman of EFCC, the country's crime prosecuting agency.
According to the reports, the office of the minister of justice on Tuesday, August 1, served a letter to the EFCC seeking compliance with the regulation on the prosecution of serious cases.
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