The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Friday refuted any link with companies selected by his office to recover debt owed the federal government by International Oil Firms (IOC).
Malami stressed that all those engaged by the federal government for undertaking particular tasks in the recovery of assets and generation of revenues belonging to the government did not belong to the AGF, adding that such engagements were purely based on the interest of the general public as a guiding principle.
“For the avoidance of question, the Office of the Attorney-General andMinister of Justice does not engage recovery agents based on projectedpersonal gratification or individual’s dispositions”, Gwandu claimed.
Malami’s rejection which was included in a statement by his media aide, Dr Umar Gwandu, noted that the recovery agents though engaged by his office were for the federal government and not his agents as being portrayed by some sections of the if media.
According to the statement, the Minister in his personal capacity does not have personal “debt collectors” for the recovery of federal national debt.
The Minister reiterated his stance that engagement of recovery agents was neither propelled by any hidden agenda neither regarding gratification of any personal desire through any percentage to be offered to or by the recovery agent, yet of an unflinching patriotic dedication to get backto the country the revenue it is worthy of.