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I didn’t file suit against Atiku’s citizenship – AGF Malami says

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has vehemently denied reports that he filed a suit challenging the eligibility of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to contest for the Office of the President.

According to the AGF, the suit started in 2019 and was filed by a civil society organisation, the Incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission for Africa.

According to The Punch, the AGF had in his response to the suit in 2019 stated that Atiku was not a natural born citizen of Nigeria but Cameroon.

Malami noted that at the time of his birth in the 1940’s Jada, the town where Atiku was born, was still part of Cameroon.

Read the statement titled, ‘I didn’t file suit against Atiku’s Citizenship – Malami,’ issued by the AGF through his spokesman, Dr. Umar Gwandu.

“Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has not instituted legal action on the citizenship or otherwise of the former Vice-President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

“Malami has never filled any case before any court in the country challenging the citizenship of the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

“The matter in contention was part of the 2019 pre-election matters instituted by a civil society organisation – the Incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission for Africa in suit no: FHC/ABJ/CS/177/201, in respect of which Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Peoples Democratic Party Independent National Electoral Commission and the Office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation was made a co-defendant.”

“It is unfortunate that stale news stories capable of causing confusion are repackaged and presented to the general public as current news,” the statement read.

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