The wedding fatiha of the eldest son of the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abdulazeez
Abubakar Malami took place under strict observance of the protocols
and guidelines of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19.

Honourable Attorney-Genral of the Federation and Minister of Justice,
Abubakar Malami,SAN thanked friends, well-wishers and the general
public for their prayers, goodwill for the wedding fatiha which took
place Saturday, 11th July, 2020 in Kano.

Malami expressed appreciation for the understanding demonstrated due
to COVID-19 pandamic the wedding fatiha  was low-keyed.

Earlier the Minister has communicated in writing notifying friends and
colleagues that due to current situation of COVID-19 he only solicited
for their prayers and goodwill.

It is important to note that the wedding fatiha took place in Kano on
Saturday 11th July, 2020 in the morning. Any other activity before or
after the wedding fatiha is not connected with the marriage and we
therefore disassociate ourselves from it in its entirety.

The attention of the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and
Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has been drawn to a
mischievous, deceitful and perfidious publication by the notorious
factory of fake news in Nigeria, the Sahara Reporters with an intent
to spread lies.

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It is regrettable that the information communication technology tools
have been hijacked by disgruntled elements in spreading fake news and
blatant lies.

The report by the media is a clear violation of ethical journalism
practices on verification of facts and authentication of claims. It
evinces lack of professionalism and exposes rash and reckless
presentation of figment of imaginations shrouded with bigotry and
bundled with sentiments of unscrupulous   questions.

For instance, who is the vendor of the purported house bought for the
son of the Minister in Abuja at N300m? Where is the so-called mansion
located in Abuja? Where are the title documents?

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While refuting the claim, Malami said “God knows that I did not
purchase any house for him in Abuja. Not even a rented house was secured for my
son in Abuja, because he has no plan to live in Abuja”.

The allegation of hiring private jets for the marriage was preposterous.
It is common knowledge that the Attorney-General of the Federation and
Minister of Justice had neither a father nor mother anywhere in Nigeria to
be conveyed to Kano for the wedding. Who, then the Attorney-General is
using the chartered flight to convey?  Which jets are chartered?  Who
paid for the charter? Through which means was the money paid?

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It is one of such libelous publications of which Sahara reporters is
commonly known for targeted at selected few for unsubstantiated
fabricated allegations while overlooking more serious reasonable
allegations visibly open against its favoured sectional kingsmen.

Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu
(Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations
Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice)
Saturday 11th July, 2020

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