The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Malam Abubakar Malami has clarified that all the suspected Boko Haram financiers apprehended so far are in effective custody of the federal government on valid court order.
Malami, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria said that none of the suspects has been released by the government or any court so far since they were hauled into detention upon reasonable suspicion.
The clarification by the Minister in a statement issued in Abuja and made available to our correspondent may not be unconnected with a media report that some of the suspects have been released upon receipt of an order from the AGF’s office.
The statement by Malami’s Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Umar Jibrilu Gwandu was, however, emphatic that the suspects are ineffective custody of government in an undisclosed location.
The statement reads in part “None of the suspected financiers in respect of whom remand orders were procured by the federal government was at any time ordered or facilitated to be released by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN.
“The report on the alleged release of 300 suspects by the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice is a malicious misrepresentation of facts relating to the ongoing investigation of terrorism financing suspects in Nigeria.
“It is important to reiterate at this point that the fight against the menace of terrorism is an ongoing operation characterized by intelligence gathering, arrest, investigation, and prosecution.