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Northern group flays allegations against Malami

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Zuru Patriotic Forum (ZPF) has stood behind the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, describing media attacks on him as sponsored and barbaric.

Chairman of the northern group, Sani Tadi, told newsmen in Birnin Kebbi yesterday that the forum was shocked to see such petition from Kebbi Concerned Citizens (KCC) against the SGF.

The group disassociated from the position of KCC, which it said had fallen for the sponsored accusations against the AGF.

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KCC had, in a statement, threatened to approach the National Assembly over the allegations raised by Sahara Reporters against the AGF, calling on the AGF to clear himself from the allegations within seven days to save his integrity and the reputation of the state or risk being investigated on the matter.

Sahara Reporters had on July 11 published a story with the headline ‘New Multi-million Naira Property Built By Nigeria’s Attorney-General, Malami, For Son In Kebbi State Uncovered’.

But Malami had debunked the claims, vowing to take legal action against the online medium.

According to ZPF, no plot to tarnish the image of Malami, who remains a shining light of Kebbi, will stand.

“While the ZPF doesn’t intend in any way to take away the rights of freedom of expression of the signatories of the petition, we reserve the right as critical stakeholders in the Kebbi project to dissociate our people from the dangerous slide to self-destruction undertaken by the petitioners.”

“As a people and as a movement formed to ensure, contribute and propel the development of our emirate, zone, state and country, we are also warriors against our common enemy as a state and nation – corruption. We can’t be party to a handsomely sponsored campaign of calumny against leaders just for political gains,” the group added.

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