The position of the attorney general and minister of justice is a very sensitive position that any abrupt change may affect or delay ongoing investigations and other related matters that need urgent implementation. There are people who call for the immediate sack of Nigeria’s Attorney General. They did not think of the negative implications of doing so especially considering the mass cases of anti-graft initiated by the minister against corrupt public officials. Mr Malami has already debunked allegations of being complicit in the raid carried out at the private residence of Justice Mary Odili. There is no basis for his dismissal.
After the raid on Justice Mary Odili’s private residence, the attorney general issued a statement that he did not order the raid. This prompted the Nigerian Police Force to launch an investigation into the incident. Recently, five fake security officers who perpetrated the crime were arrested and detained by the police. It is baseless to call for the sack of the honourable minister even after the police arrested the suspects. More investigation is ongoing as earlier announced by Police spokesman Mr Frank Mba.
Our system of public prosecution needs guaranteed stability in order to work effectively. The system is burdened with a constant inflow of fresh cases that need urgent attention. This is why it is not advisable for the government to abruptly remove the attorney general from his position. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) liaise with the ministry of justice for deliberations or consultations.
Mr Malami is a high-level public servant with many responsibilities. Managing such a ministry requires resilience, dedication and strong qualifications. He led the federal government delegation to convince the UK court to stop P&ID from seizing Nigeria’s international assets. The title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) is given only to exceptional lawyers who excelled in the legal profession among other criteria.