MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
In apparent move to save his name from being tainted by an arrested suspect in connection with the recent invasion of the private residence of Hon. Justice Mary Peter Odili of the Supreme Court, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami has denied having any link with the fake Chief Superintendent of Police who claimed to be a consultant to him (AGF).
In a statement reacting to the claim by the suspect who was paraded on Thursday at Force Headquarters along with others, the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations to the Minister, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu on Thursday said, “the attention of the Office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has been drawn to a confession of a suspect during interrogation in the investigation of the recent invasion of the residence of the highly respected Justice of the Supreme Court; Justice Mary Peter Odili.
“With all the competent, high level professionals and capable human resources available at the disposal of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, it only takes the imagination of the evil minds to assume or think that the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice will descend so low to engaging a quack or fake police officer to serve as his consultant.
“This is a case of a drowning man scavenging for a dying partner. We are happy to note that investigation has commenced to unravel the circumstances and personalities behind the invasion and sponsored campaign of calumny against the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
The statement further declared that “it is our desire and we hope that the investigation would also disclose those after the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, those dragging his personality, his name and his exalted office in the dirty politics of disrepute. This is an orchestrated attempt to stir unnecessary controversies and Public apprehension.
“We ask the suspect to present documents of engagements where he worked as a consultant to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, whether in past or now.
“Consultant for what? Which activity or assignment? When was he engaged? What were the terms of references for the alleged consultantancy service? When was he engaged? Where was he engaged? Which work has he executed for the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and the Ministry of Justice? For what duration? And for how much?
“We boldly and unequivocally challenge the fake consultant/police officer to come out with answers or responses to these questions to the general public.”
The statement explained that “the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice superintends over and respects the rule of law who will not do anything to undermine the sanctity of his office and that of the entire judiciary and Justice sector.”
One of the arrested suspects; Lawrence Ajobo found to be a fake Chief Superintendent of Police had told police investigators that he was engaged by AGF Abubakar Malami as a consultant but insisted that the Minister did not send him and his group on the illegal invasion of Justice Odili’s residence.