Buhari Not Afraid Of Taking The Halliburton And Siemens Cases No Matter Who Was Indicted – Malami

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI

The Federal Government says it has not closed any criminal case being investigated in the country.

The Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami made the disclosure in an interview with Vanguard in Abuja. He also dismissed as untenable the notion that President Muhammadu Buhari was afraid of taking the Halliburton and Siemens cases because the key suspects were top military leaders.

Most former presidents and head of states are believed to be indicted in the Halliburton scandal.

Media reports yet to be dispelled by the administration had claimed that the government was afraid to confront the powerful beneficiaries of the scam which had landed other suspects in the United States, Germany and others in jail.

Nigeria is said to have lost over $182 million to the Halliburton corruption case alone.

According to Malami, Buhari is not a man who could be restrained by fear from doing what is right and in the overall best interest of Nigerians.

Malami, however, said in tackling the corruption cases, the Federal Government would not be assuaged by what he called ‘extraneous influences’ or action by available prima facie evidence.

“The idea of fear does not come in at all as far as this President is concerned in the fight against graft. Don’t forget that whatever Mr. President does is guided by the rule of law and available evidence.

“It must be noted, however, that no extraneous influence can influence our actions as we move to fight corruption in all its ramifications. To be noted also is the clear fact that no criminal case can be closed once the facts are handy regardless of who is involved,” Malami said.

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