The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami has insisted that state Governors have no justification to challenge the 418 million dollar deductions from the Paris Club refund paid to consultants they hired. He said the clamor making arising from the Governors Forum was not only unjustified, but a clear case of absence of defense.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami has insisted that state Governors have no justification to challenge the 418 million dollar deductions from the Paris Club refund paid to consultants they hired. He said the clamor making arising from the Governors Forum was not only unjustified, but a clear case of absence of defense.

The Minister made the assertion when he featured on the weekly Ministerial Media Briefing organized by the Presidential Communications Team in Abuja.

Malami also reminded the Governors that they created the liability whose payment they had also indemnified.

The Justice Minister affirmed that when the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF made a request for the refund, one of the component was the settlement of the consultants who were engaged by the forum, noting that they later decided to stop payment while asking for an out of court settlement.

Malami also explained that this resulted to request to the President to make the payment, a request he said, was then passed on to the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation for legal opinion.