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The Shenanigans, Shady Actions of Nigeria’s Attorney General Malami By Evelyn Okakwu

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In a recent reaction to government’s disobedience of court orders for the release of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, some lawyers berated the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, demanding that he be de-robed.
According to the lawyers, Mr Malami’s comments justifying government’s disobedience of the orders was inimical to President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s claim of fighting corruption and an insult to the AGF’s position as the chief law officer of Nigeria.
However, Mr Malami’s submission supporting the illegal detention of Mr Dasuki is not the only instance he has acted in obvious negation of his constitutional responsibility as the number one law officer of the nation.
The controversial role of Mr Malami in the equally contentious reinstatement of fugitive former pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina, his questionable request for payment of $17 million to two lawyers for performing an already completed role in the return of $321 Abacha loot, as well as his controversial advice for the federal government to discontinue the trial of suspects in the $1.1 billion Malabu scandal are some other cases where the AGF appeared to be taking a different direction from that expected of a Justice Minister.
This report therefore highlights Mr Malami’s emergence as AGF and his controversial regard for constitutional provisions.
Emergence
Mr Malami was the national legal adviser for the defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC), a party founded by Mr Buhari in 2010. CPC was one of the opposition parties which fused into the All Progressives Congress (APC) on which platform Mr Buhari won the presidential election in 2015.
Following his appointment as minister in November 2015, Mr Malami became an officer expected to champion the cause of justice in a government that pledged a war against corruption.
As stated among the list of his responsibilities in section 174 (3) of the Constitution: “In exercising his powers under this section, the Attorney-General of the Federation shall have regard to the public interest, the interest of justice and the need to prevent abuse of legal process”.

Abdulrasheed Maina
But how well has the AGF fared in his constitutional role especially in this tripartite responsibilities of ensuring ‘public interest, ‘interest of justice’ and compliance to ‘legal process’?

Public Interest?
At the beginning of the current dispensation of democratic rule in Nigeria in 1999, the federal government under former President Olusegun Obasanjo began steps to ensure the repatriation of $321 million carted away from Nigeria’s treasury by former military dictator, Sani Abacha.
The government employed the services of a Swiss lawyer, Enrico Monfrini, to supervise the processes for the return of the money.
After over a decade, Mr Monfrini’s firm completed the Luxemburg part of the job in 2014 and the looted funds were domiciled with the Attorney-General of Switzerland, pending the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Nigeria and that country.
The MoU was to serve as a pledge that the funds would be properly utilised.
Mr Monfrini had also been paid his fees by the Nigerian government. As explained by the Swiss lawyer in a reported communication with the Cable online newspaper, his payment was approved long before Mr Malami’s era because he (Monfrini) completed everything needed to be done by a lawyer regarding the said recovery.
“All that was left after the signing of the MoU was a government-to-government communication for the money to be repatriated to Nigeria.
“It’s a matter which is normally dealt with by government and which doesn’t entail the engagement of lawyers,” Mr Monfrini was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
However, following his appointment in 2015, Mr Malami curiously employed the services of two lawyers to perform the same responsibilities reportedly completed by Mr Monfrini’s law firm.
He also demanded the payment of $16.9 million for the services of the two lawyers, an amount far higher than what Mr Monfrini was reported to have been paid in the original contract.
The two controversially employed lawyers, Oladipo Okpeseyi and Temitope Adebayo, were reportedly both former colleagues of Mr Malami at the defunct CPC.
Reacting to the reported controversies trailing the appointment of the lawyers and a law suit instituted after repeated Freedom of Information Requests on the matter by the Cable Foundation, Mr Malami claimed the fresh contract was created because Mr Monfrini charged Nigeria 20 per cent of the recovered sum as against the expected five per cent for the execution of the return.
That claim was however debunked by Mr Monfrini as a blatant lie.
“I never had the audacity to claim for additional fees. This figure of 20 per cent is simply invented,” Mr Monfrini was quoted as saying.
Speaking on the controversial appointment of the lawyers, the Chief Executive Officer of the Cable Foundation, Simon Kolawole, said although his company has filed a suit against the AGF on the matter, another court case would be instituted if the government goes ahead with the controversial payment.
“Monfrini was not forthcoming with responses to our inquiries. That was why we sent an FOI request to the AGF to get a copy of the agreement.
“It was when AGF media consultants started lying against Monfrini that he eventually opened up. Actually he had finished the job. There was no need for lawyers again. All that was required was for the AGF to write to the Swiss AG to ask for the money. For this our own AGF engaged lawyers for $16.9 million!
“We found this appalling. Our position is that the lawyers should not be paid. We will see this to a logical conclusion. We are already in court seeking an order of mandamus to force the AGF to make the agreement public. If the government goes ahead and pays the lawyers, we will file another case. At the foundation, we are ready to see this to the very end. Justice has to be done,” Mr Kolawole said.

‘Abuse of Legal Process’
In another controversial development, Mr Malami was caught in the middle of the widely condemned reinstatement of suspended former boss of the Nigeria Pension Task Force, Abdulrasheed Maina.
Mr Maina, a fugitive, was briefly reinstated into the Nigerian Civil Service and promoted in September 2017 in a series of secret events that were ‘officially’ spearheaded by Mr Malami.
Following his alleged involvement in an alleged fraud in 2012, amounting to N100 billion, Mr Maina was declared wanted by anti-graft agency; the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Subsequently, Mr Maina went into hiding and was eventually sacked by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation in 2013 for absconding from duty.
In a dramatic twist, however, Mr Maina was secretly reinstated and promoted from the rank of an assistant director of the interior ministry to the position of a director, following series of letters authored by Mr Malami.
His reinstatement stirred widespread condemnation resulting in a frantic suspension of his appointment by President Buhari and a probe into the controversial reinstatement by the Senate.
Speaking at the Senate chambers on his alleged role in the saga, Mr Malami denied complicity, claiming the controversial reinstatement could not have emanated from his office.
According to the AGF, his last communication on the matter, before Mr Maina’s second appointment, was via a letter dated January 19, 2017, which was meant to ‘draw attention to the situation involving Mr Maina.’
That claim was however controverted by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, who maintained that Mr Malami’s January 19, 2017 letter did not only demand the reinstatement of Mr Maina, but that the accused former pension boss was in fact reinstated following instructions by Mr Malami and the Interior Minister, Abdulrahman Dambazau.

Winifred-Oyo-Ita
Mr Maina himself confessed having several meetings with the AGF, while he was still hiding as a man wanted by the law.
Following that disclosure by Mrs Oyo-Ita, the Senate requested more time to properly analyse the controversial development and Mr Malami reacted to the Senate’s request by approaching the court to stop the Senate committee from carrying out its assignment on the matter.
Mr Malami’s request to suspend the Senate’s investigation was turned down by the court, while Mr Maina’s case, instituted by the EFCC, was re-opened at the same court.
The fugitive former pension boss has still refused to appear for his trial while the AGF’s office has remained silent about the situation.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chijioke Okoli, said the development does not only send a wrong signal about the AGF, but also about the Buhari-administration, as a whole.
“There is a fundamental problem; in the sense that when people who are perceived to be close to the president are allowed to go unpunished, the right message is not being sent to anybody. Where is Maina? Maina was declared wanted; then he was allowed to come in and assume office. Note that Maina has gone, the ministers and those who are involved have not been sacked and you think Nigerians are fools?”

Distorting Interest of Justice
Similarly, despite the series of court documents, linking former AGF, Mohammed Adoke, his counterpart in the petroleum ministry, Dan Etete and others in the controversial Malabu $1.1 billion oil deal, Mr Malami wrote the President in February seeking suspension of the case of fraud brought against some principal players in the said transaction.
In 2011, under former President Goodluck Jonathan, the Nigerian government ordered the transfer of one of Nigeria’s richest oil wells, OPL 245, to Malabu, a company then controlled by Dan Etete, even though the company was officially non-existent.
Through various middlemen, the former minister approached oil giants, Shell and ENI, to buy the block. Knowing Mr Etete’s history, including the fact that he had been convicted in France for money laundering, the oil firms preferred not to deal directly, but through a legally recognised mediator.
That mediator turned out to be the Nigerian government, represented by Mr Adoke.
The agreements that were sealed led to Shell and ENI paying the $1.1 billion into a Nigerian government account in JP Morgan Chase in London. The money was then transferred to Malabu accounts controlled by Mr Etete.
Dan-Etete-Nigerias-former-minister-of-petroleum-resources
Although Shell and ENI repeatedly claimed they did not know the money was going to end up with Malabu, investigations in Nigeria and Italy, as well as leaked documents revealed that claim to be false.
The alleged fraud resulted in a series of investigations and charges in Italy, the United States as well as in Nigeria.
Also the office of the AGF under Mr Malami had sued the United States’ banking giant, JP Morgan, in December 2017 for allowing the transfer of $875 million dollars, as part of the illegal transaction.
In a curious reversal of the government’s stance however, Mr Malami asked President Buhari to stop the ongoing trial of suspects in the alleged fraud, claiming that the continuation of the matter would have an adverse effect on Nigeria’s relationship with international investors.
In another curious development, the same group of lawyers who had represented Mr Malami in his case against the Senate were employed by Mr Adoke to challenge his trial in court.
And although the case of fraud against Mr Adoke was instituted by the EFCC, the former AGF failed to include the commission in his suit but ensured that only Mr Malami appeared as a respondent in the matter.
That suit resulted in a declaration by the court that Mr Adoke could not be held liable, for his official role in the scandal.
Reacting to the letter written by Mr Malami to the President on the Malabu scandal; the coordinator, Civil Society Network Against Corruption, Olanrewaju Suraj, said the actions of the AGF was a disservice to Nigeria’s democracy.
“The greatest disservice anybody can do to the country is what Malami is doing to the anti-corruption fight; to the government and Nigeria as a whole.
“Malabu’s case is being tried in the Netherlands. There is a conviction and an order that was secured in the UK and the EFCC has collaborated (collated) these facts to investigate those matters that led to the prosecution that we are talking about.
“So, for an Attorney-General to now issue a letter to the president, alleging that there were insufficient documents to proceed with the prosecution; it is most unfortunate, most disastrous and ridiculous,” the activist said.
“There seems to be a kind of conspiracy between former AGF Malami and former AGF, Adoke. The lawyer who represented Adoke in that matter, was the same lawyer who represented Malami in his action against the Senate. So they both drink or share from the same cup. That letter was supposed to have been a confidential letter; that letter was pleaded in court by that lawyer.
“Malami has appeared and represented Nigeria in the London court, where the office of the Attorney-General declared that contract as a subject of corruption. So if he had gone to London to say one thing and then coming back to Nigeria to say another thing; that is very very unfortunate.”

Dasuki
Despite repeated court orders for the release of Mr Dasuki, Mr Malami addressed the media on the matter, explaining government’s position. According to Mr Malami, “the repeated court orders for respect of Mr Dasuki’s right to freedom did not supersede the rights of Nigerians killed by the actions of Mr Dasuki.”
The former NSA was arrested in 2015 for alleged fraud and unlawful possession of firearms.
He has been in detention since his arrest, despite the orders of local and international courts for his release.
Mr Dasuki is facing multiple trials for the alleged offences and has been granted bail by the same courts where all the charges against him were taken.
Despite meeting the various bail conditions, the Nigerian government has refused to release the former NSA.
Following the failure of government to comply with the latest court order on July 2, Mr Malami said the rights of Mr Dasuki cannot supersede that of the generality of Nigerians in whose interest, the former NSA was been detained.
“What I want you to know is that issues concerning law and order under Muhammadu Buhari are sacrosanct and obeying court order is compulsory,” he said.
“However, you should also know that there is a general consensus world over that where the dispute is only between individuals, then you can consider the issue based on the instant situation. But if the dispute is about an issue that affects an entire nation, then you have to remember that government is about the people not for only an individual.
“So you have to look at it from this perspective. If the issue about an individual coincides with that which affects the people of a nation and you are now saying the government did not obey a court order that infringes on a single person’s rights. Remember we are talking about a person who was instrumental to the deaths of over one hundred thousand people. Are you saying that the rights of one person is more important than that of 100,000 who lost their lives?”
In a reaction to Mr Malami’s submissions about government’s disobedience of the court order, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chijioke Okoli, said Mr Malami and the government cannot constitute themselves into a court of law.
“The government and the Attorney-General cannot be the court. This government came into power by acts of law. And if it chooses to disregard court orders, that is lawlessness and it is an invitation to anarchy.
“If he has been given bail and there is no appeal nor stay, then the natural thing is for the people holding him to release him on bail. Anything to the contrary will amount to trampling on the rule of law. And it won’t be good for the society,” Mr Okoli said.

Protecting Alleged Killer Cop
Arguably one of the worst activities of Mr Malami is his handling of the murder trial of suspects involved in the Apo Six killings.
The Apo Six case centred on the extra-judicial killing of five young traders and a woman, by police officers on the night of June 7, 2005.
The victims, Ekene Isaac Mgbe, Ifeanyi Ozor, Chinedu Meniru, Paulinus Ogbonna, Anthony Nwokike, and Augustina Arebu, were returning from a night club when they were stopped at a police checkpoint.
According to the report of the panel of inquiry, the victims were at a nightclub located at Gimbiya Street, Area 11, in Abuja that night when they had a face-off with Ibrahim Danjuma, then a deputy commissioner of police, after the female victim, Ms Arebu, allegedly turned down romantic advances of the police officer.
Mr Danjuma had allegedly stormed out of the night club to a police checkpoint at the end of the street and told the officers on duty that he had “sighted a group of armed robbers in the area”.
According to the report, which formed the part of the evidence in court, when the six unwary young people later arrived at the checkpoint in their car, Mr Ibrahim allegedly had the car blocked and ordered the officers to shoot at the occupants after an argument.
Four of the occupants of the car died on the spot, but two of them, Mr Nwokike and Ms Arebu, survived the onslaught.
They were later allegedly finished off by the two police officers in the early hours of June 8, 2005 on the grounds that “they attempted to escape from custody”.
Twelve years later, on March 9 this year, two of the officers were convicted and sentenced to death, but the FCT High Court presiding judge, Ishaq Bello, said there was no evidence to convict Mr Danjuma and two others.
Although the trial started before Mr Malami was appointed, it was during his tenure that the judgement was delivered.
The victims’ families criedfoul, after all, even the police officers found guilty confirmed they were acting under Mr Danjuma’s directives.
They wanted to appeal, but to do so, they would require a fiat from Mr Malami’s office as required by law.
“That matter is a fiat matter. We made a request to the then AGF who had given us fiat to pursue the case when it came up in 2005. The AGF then was Bayo Ojo, he issued fiat to us to deal with it and we are done with that in the trial court.
“If we are to appeal now, we need another fiat. We have made recommendation to that effect to the AGF (Mr Malami) but nothing has been done. The AGF is yet to respond,” Kanayo Okafor, a counsel to one of the victim’s families said.
Since the judgement, and despite the efforts of the victims’ families, Mr Malami has refused to appealthe judgement freeing Mr Danjuma. He has also refused to grant a fiat to the victims’ lawyers to file the appeal.
While Mr Malami continues to keep mum, Mr Danjuma has been reinstated by the police and promoted twice. He is now an Assistant Inspector General of Police.
“I am highly disappointed with the way the federal government and the judiciary system of Nigeria has treated the Apo six case,” Elvis Ozor, brother to one of the murdered victims told PREMIUM TIMES.

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CISLAC Demands Independent Probe into $5 Million Bribery Allegation

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The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), the National Contact for Transparency International (TI), has expressed concern over the committee set up by the Kano State House of Assembly to investigate the recent $5million bribery allegation attributed to the State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, as displayed in a widely shared video clip. This was contained in a statement signed by the Executive Director, CISLAC Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani)

While CISLAC commended the effort and ability of the Kano State House of Assembly at setting up an ad hoc committee to investigate the alleged bribery, Rafasanjani said “we are worried that the outcome of such investigation would not command public trust and credibility respect except if handled by independent and competent ICT professionals with track record of integrity.

“We are confident an independent inquiry outside the instrumentality of Kano State governance structure will to a large extent assure Nigerians of fearless fact-findings on the true nature of the video clip in fulfilment of the Federal Government’s readiness to combat corruption within and outside the ruling party.We must, therefore, reiterate that anything short of an independent investigation would seem stage-managed before the public” Rafasanjani said.

Rafsanjani said that we are also not unaware of the infringement of human rights, intimidation and harassment of the whistle-blowers and citizens who stepped out to peacefully protest this allegation against the Governor. We find this disheartening and reiterates our persistent demand for the adoption of a Whistle-blower Protection Law Citizens’ right to freedom of association and expression should in no way be muzzled in this issue.

And called on the President and the Inspector General of Police to guarantee the rights of the people for a peaceful protest and ensure lives are secured.

We call for the Governor to immediately step aside to allow high level transparency, accountability and rule of law in the process of the investigation and prevent possible influence of the “fact-findings”. This will guarantee fairness and discourage undue interference in the investigation.

Rafsanjani also call on the National Assembly and anti-corruption agencies to live up to the expectations and trust placed in them by Nigerians in ensuring perpetrators of corrupt practice are brought to book, while guaranteeing adequate protection for whistle-blowing effort through enabling policies implementation and transition into legislation.

“We also call on the Ruling Party to stay silent on the issue if the party is really going to be believed that it is fighting corruption” he said.

Rafsanjani assured that CISLAC remains committed to monitoring the government at all levels to ensure that she fulfils her promises to the citizens of our great country.

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Fayose must not die in your custody, Frank warns EFCC

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…Accuses Buhari of persecution

The immediate past Deputy National Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has strongly condemned the continued detention of immediate past Governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), warning that no harm must happen to the former governor.

Frank said the alarm is necessary because of the information available to him that the agency has been instructed ‘by the powers that be’ to either poison or render the outspoken politician (Fayose) incapacitated ahead of the 2019 general elections.

In a statement released on Wednesday in Abuja, Frank wondered why somebody who voluntary released himself to the agency should be kept in custody more than 24 hours.

The former APC spokesman said that in as much as he will never support corruption, justice must be done to all and sundry.

Frank revealed that Fayose is being held by the EFCC not because of any currupt act but because of his outspokenness against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC.

He wondered “why former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. Babachir Lawal was not detain over allegation of grasscutting scandal, why EFCC refuse to invite the wife of the President Aisha Buhari over recent allegation involving his ADC, why MTN scandal involving Chief of Staff to the President is not investigated, why NNPC scandal involving the GMD Kanti Baru and why allegation of corruption against the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomohle does not interest the agency, among so many others in the ruling party.

“The truth is that once you are not a member of APC, you are corrupt but once you join the evil party, your sins are forgiven,” he state.

On the plan to render Fayose incapacitated, Frank said: “A Senior staff of the agency last night had to call attention of some opposition leaders to the instruction given to the agency by the presidency to ensure that Fayose does not leave EFCC custody a healthy person.

“Another operative early this morning also informed us that a healthy Fayose who walked into headquarters of EFCC yesterday was seen vomiting this morning. I called on Nigerians to pray for Fayose because the evil plan of APC government against the PDP leader is not known yet.”

Frank, who urge the former governor not to eat or drink anything coming from the operative of EFCC, also called the attention of the international community to what he described as a selective manner in which President Buhari is fighting corruption in Nigeria.

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Mining Union faults FG on planned sale of ASCO, wants CBN Gov sacked

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The umbrella body responsible for the affairs of mines workers in Nigeria, the Nigerian Union of Mines Workers (NUMW) has called for the resignation or outright sack of the Governor of the Central Bank (CBN) of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele over what it described as the inability of the apex financial institution to articulate policy measure that will lead to the rejuvenation of the moribund Federal-Government owned Ajaokuta Steel Company (ASCO), adding that government’s disposition to selling ASCO, a decision supported by the CBN, reflects the intellectual poverty of the country’s apex financial institution.

It could be recall that while briefing the Nigerian delegation at the end of the International Monetary Fund/World Bank Group meetings in Bali, Indonesia, recently, Emefiele said Ajaokuta Steel Company and other national assets will be sold to service the 2018 deficit budget.
While describing ASCO as the bedrock of Nigeria’s industrialization which must be nurtured and prioritized as an emblem of National Pride, the National President of the Mining Union, Comr. Hamza Mohammed called on government to ensure that ASCO remains under domestic ownership and control, adding that countries which developed their indigenous steel sectors have become better for it.

He tasked Emefiele and the Minister of Finance to articulate a policy direction for the funds needed to resuscitate ASCO, he called on the Senate to intervene by ensuring that the nations institutions in the finance sector work toward articulating a poly measure to address the problem.
“The Nigerian Union of Miens Workers entirely kicks against any form of sale or transfer of ownership of ASCO to foreign bodies or organizations as it is not the best for the development of Nigeria’s industrial sector,” he said.
Hamza who commended the Nigeria Metallurgical Society (NMS) and other professional bodies in the sector for condemning the idea of selling ASCO, called on the federal government to urgent articulate policy measures for the utilization of ASCO in the industrialization of Nigeria, adding that unless Nigeria develops her industrial sectors, it will not be able to play big in the committee of nations.
Hamza noted that it is not a good policy proposal to say that ASCO should be sold for the purpose of financing the 2018 budget, adding that only a mindless government will sell such a highly strategic institution to finance a year’s budget.

While stating that “the industrialization of ASCO, National Iron Ore mining Company (NIOMCO), Delta Steel Company (DSC) and the development of Nigeria’s iron and steel sector have never been negotiable and is still not negotiable, and will never be negotiable,” Hamza warned that the National Executive Council of the Mining Union will soon convene to deliberate on the necessity of embarking on a nationwide strike action if government does not heed the clarion call to shelve plans of selling the steel complex.
Hamza said: “It is socially, industrially and economically injurious to Nigeria to transfer in any way the ownership and control of ASCO to any individual or corporate entity,” adding that the federal government must ensure that it retains one hundred percent ownership and control of the systems.

Hamza who explained that Nigeria’s current economic challenges are the result of the failure of various governments to utilize the country’s human and natural resources, adding that government must act beyond the rhetoric of saying that ASCO can create huge number of jobs. “We know that ASCO can create huge number of jobs and we know that government also knows that, what we want government to do is to resuscitate ASCO so that it will deliver the beautiful promises of the sector to Nigerians.”
“No country can join the rank of super powers unless it develops its steel sector. I expect that government knows that the development of a country’s steel sector is will ignite the development of all industrial sectors of the country’s economy,” he said, and explained that it is only when ASCO begins the production of liquid steel that Nigeria can become a manufacturer of steel products like motor vehicles, airplanes and various steel instruments that symbolize national power and glory.

Discussing the strategic nature of ASCO to the industrial development of Nigeria and the African continent, Hamza said: “The Mining union laments that government handles with levity the importance of ASCO,” saying that ASCO is reputed as the largest steel plant in Africa.

Discussing other advantages of resuscitating ASCO, Hamza noted that apart from being able to generate more than five hundred thousand direct and indirect jobs, ASCO has the ability to become a major revenue earner for the government while also improving the Nigerian economy, if resuscitated.
Recalling one of the campaign promises that thrilled the union during the electioneering campaign of General Muhammadu Buhari, Hamza said Gen Buhari has assured that the steel sector will be developed as a major revenue earner for the country. He therefore tasked the federal government to live up to expectation of Nigerians in the steel sector saying that if ASCO is sold, it will augur well for the industrial development of Nigeria.
While calling on government to stop the exportation of unprocessed solid minerals, Hamza stressed the need to ensure value addition to solid minerals before they are exported to other countries, adding that a lot of jobs will be created for Nigerians if government effectively outlaws the export of processed solid minerals.

While he lamented that Nigeria suffers huge revenue losses when businessmen foreigners mine and export undeveloped solid minerals, he said government must exercise the strong will requisite for the resuscitation of ASCO, stating that if ASCO was resuscitated, steel raw materials will be mines and used to feed the production needs of the integrated steel complex.
“It is only when Ajaokuta Steel Company is resuscitated, the iron ore is mined in Itakpe would be easy moved to ASCO for onward use in the production of steel,” he said.

While he specifically noted that the potentials of the Nigerian steel industry have dastardly abused by foreign nationals, notably Indians, who were entrusted with the task of managing it, he tasked the Buhari administration to activate its institutions to develop a framework for the urgent activation of Ajaokuta Steel Company, Delta Steel Company and the National iron Ore Mining Company (NIOMCO), Itakpe, stating that apart from these, government should stair up the interest of the organized private sector to participate in the development of the country’s steel sector.

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