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AGF Malami Says Recovered Stolen Funds Can Be Used To Fund Ministry Of Justice

AGF Malami Says Recovered Stolen Funds Can Be Used To Fund Ministry Of Justice.

Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami claims the ministry is in “dire need” of more cash and has requested that recovered wealth be used to help support it.

Malami testified before the House of Representatives Justice Committee, to defend the Ministry of Justice’s budget plan for 2022. He warned lawmakers that a lack of funds will have a severe impact on the ministry and its parastatals because justice sector changes are costly to implement.

He went on to say that a portion of the money collected should be given to the ministry to help fund its activities.

“The rule of law as practised all over the world is the pivot upon which democracy revolves. The justice sector as presently constituted is bedevilled by funding inadequacies, too much for our comfort,” Malami said.

“The prime drivers of any given maturing democracy such as ours, are the rule of law, due process of the law, human rights, international obligations and allied matters. Evidence reveals that the administration of justice which guarantees sustainable peace, equity and fair play is undeniably capital intensive. In this circumstance, we need to reconceptualise the existing funding pattern of the justice sector.

“Lamentably, however, practically all the parastatals under the purview of the federal ministry of justice are in dire need of funding. For me, this is as dangerous as it is disturbing because funding gaps in the face of competing challenges could endanger the effective administration of justice, and cause an unwarranted travesty of justice.

“The ministry was mandated to embark on the recovery of looted assets and we have recorded an appreciable milestone in this regard as monies recovered are promptly deposited into government treasury, thereby increasing the revenue profile of the government.

“Presently, we are making efforts to ensure that we are allocated some cost of collection from recovered funds to finance our recovery operations.

“To date, there are large sums of illicit money stashed abroad for which we are working at close quarters with ICPC, and EFCC as dependable allies to effect recovery.”

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