According to reports from Sahara Reporters, the payment of $418 million to consultants has become a point of contention between the three levels of government.
The federal government was prevented from deducting $418 million from the bank accounts of the 36 states of the federation by a Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday.
Bello- Barkindo said the AGF’ s decision to back the consultants who had been fighting tooth and nail to steal $418 million from state and local government accounts ” raises problems of propriety and the spirit of justice. ”
” The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has been drawn to a statement published on Friday by Umar Gwandu, the media aide to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), in support of diversions of massive state resources amounting to $418 million from the Federation Account, ” the statement says.
” The payments are given to private contractors and/or consultants for supposed work done on the Paris Club Refunds to States and Local Governments. The statement was issued with his authorisation and consent because the Honorable Attorney General of the Federation (HAGF) has not disputed his aide.
” It’ s important to note that when we originally read this news release, we had to double- check to be sure it wasn’ t written by a lawyer representing any or all of the promissory note recipients. ” The HAGF is meant to be the final judge in all things pertaining to Nigerians, particularly the poor. It is his responsibility to guarantee that justice is not only done, but also appears to have been done.
” The undue haste with which the statement was issued even before the service on the AGF of the court processes and the order dated 5th November 2021 restraining the Federal Government, appears to suggest that the Office of the HAGF and the consultants have a special relationship over and above Nigerian citizens, whose interests the HAGF as the Chief Law Officer of the Federation is statutorily bound to always protect. ” The statement also implies that the restraining order imposed last Friday ” not only upset anticipated plans but also enraged the nameless ‘ government personnel’ mentioned by the media aide. ”
Malami was then encouraged to remain impartial in order to safeguard scarce public resources.
” Let him encourage the contractors to hold off until all appeals and court cases are resolved. That is the actual litmus test for following the law. There is no other option, as unpleasant as it may appear, ” the statement continues.