REVEALED: How Chief Of Staff, Gambari, Attorney-General Malami Tricked Buhari To Fraudulently Pay N90.6billion To Controversial Paris Club Lawyer

The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, tricked the President to permitted $159m (N90.63billion) as authorized charges to 1 Dr Ted Iseghahi Edwards regardless of a report indicting him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), SaharaReporters has gathered.

The quantity was a part of the controversial $418million initially permitted by President Buhari to consultants.

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The Nigerian Governors Forum had lately queried the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, for issuing promissory notes in favour of judgment collectors or consultants regarding Paris and London Club refunds.

The governors claimed that President Buhari permitted the cost of the $418million Paris Club judgment debt regardless of pending courtroom instances.

However, Buhari in early September directed the Finance Ministry to ask the Debt Management Office (DMO), which was presupposed to pay in type of promissory notes, to remain motion “until all the cases are exhausted”.

Documents seen by SaharaReporters on Monday evening confirmed that one of many beneficiaries of the fund, Dr Ted Iseghohi Edwards, didn’t characterize Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) as claimed.

A letter dated August 1, 2018 by former EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, to the Ministry of Justice/Attorney General Office additionally indicted Edwards of an try to defraud the Nigerian authorities.

It stated, “The suspects had filed applications in court to be joined as one of the judgement creditors during the garnishee proceedings and the applications were refused by the Federal High Court. The judge in a ruling delivered on the 27th of June 2016 frowned at Dr Ted Edward for brandishing a judgment purportedly delivered by the Federal Capital Territory on 30th October, 2015 and in fact took a swipe at it.

“By the Motion Ex parte filed on the 30th of March, 2015, the judgement creditors applied for a Garnishee Order Nisi which was granted on 1st April, 2015 and fixed the return date for 16th April for the Garnishee to show cause why the Order Nisi should not be made absolute.”

“The Honorable Judge in his ruling stated unequivocally that “let me state right away that the substantive matter was commenced by me until I entered judgement on the 3rd of December, 2013. I have searched my records up to the date of I entered judgement. I could not find the name of Dr Ted Iseghahi Edwards as representing the judgement creditors even for one day nor did I find any process filed by his law firm. How then was that judgement prosecuted.

“Another point to highlight is the fact that according to the purported letter of engagement being bandied by Dr Ted Edwards, he was engaged on September 15, 2011 long before the matter was filed in court quoting the exact judgement sum.

“What this throws up is the fact that the said letter of engagement was done after 3rd December, 2013 and backdated to make it look as if the suspect had been engaged before the case started. There is no evidence to prove that the suspect did any work in relation to the recovery process.

“A careful look at the memorandum of settlement Dr Ted Iseghohi Edwards and Hon Odunayo Ategbero betrays the conspiracy and an attempt to defraud the Federal Government by the suspects.

“Pending Actions; Invitation and/or Arrest of the suspect, Dr Ted Iseghahi Edwards with a view of confronting him with all the issues raised in the evaluation above.

“Tracing and filing interim forfeiture order on any property or asset acquired with proceeds of fraud by Dr. Ted Iseghahi Edwards.”

SaharaReporters gathered that regardless of the report, Malami and Gambari persuaded Buhari to approve $159million as authorized charges to Edward.

They additionally directed the DMO and the Ministry of Finance to launch the promissory notes to Edward and others in order that they might take their shares, a supply stated.

“Edward was the Secretary General of ALGON when the Paris Club refund case FHC/ABJ/CS/130/2013 was done by Joe Agi (SAN) and his colleagues before Justice Ademola. It is clear that he was not the lawyer to ALGON and this much ALGON has said in writing to Malami and the Chief of Staff, Gambari,” the supply informed SaharaReporters.

“The EFCC in its report to Malami and Gambari also established that TED EDWARD did not represent ALGON and that Ted Edward in his own handwriting admitted that Joe Agi was the lead counsel for ALGON. He went to one Judge, Baba Yusuf and procured a judgement that he was the lawyer to ALGON in the Paris Club refund case.

“Yet, Malami who knows this is recommending that Ted Edward be paid $159,000,000 as fees from ALGON instead of the actual lawyer. Will this not amount to double payment whenever Mr Joe Agi demands to be paid? From my investigation, Mr Joe Agi, ALGON and The Nigerian Governor Forum have all gone back to court to challenge the payment of the $418million including that of Edward through promissory notes.

“Should Malami not take a second look at the suit and see if really there is any fraud as being widely alleged? Instead he and the Chief of Staff tricked the President and subsequently directed the Debt Management Office and the Finance Office to release the promissory notes to Edward and others so that they can take their shares.

“The total sum of $418million promissory note suggested by Malami to be paid is just a tip of iceberg of what is coming unless he is stopped. Nigeria will become bankrupt before President Buhari leaves office. The anti-corruption war of Buhari has been effectively clipped by Malami and Gambari using their powerful offices to trick the President who really trusted them. All needed to be done is to allow an independent people to go through the whole cases concocted on the advice of Malami and the truth will be seen and Nigeria saved of all these massive stealing.

“Why is Malami not challenging any of these court judgements? If I may ask; in most of all these claims, the EFCC had investigated, took statements and established that none of the contacts were executed. The report was submitted to Malami and former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun by Magu-led EFCC suggested the arrest and interrogation of Ted Edward and one Prince Nicolas Ukachukwu but he and Gambari suppressed the report.

“The same man suggested to be arrested is who Malami said should be given $159,000,000. ALGON had written several letters to him and Fayemi, who is the Chairman of Nigerian Governor Forum that all the jobs executed by Edward and others were fake, not executed. Yet Malami in the face of this clear case of fraud tricked the President in a memo and said judgement was given against them.

“He also negotiated the debt to 50 percent and convinced the President to pay to avoid more damages. It’s high time President Buhari save his anti-corruption war by causing a thorough investigation of his appointees involved in this massive fraud.”

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A sequence of detailed investigations carried out by SaharaReporters in 2020 confirmed that Malami had acquired a number of properties whose worth runs into billions of naira since being appointed by Buhari.

For instance, the AGF has an underground lodge in Sokoto, three homes at Peace Estate, Abuja, a model new state-of-the-art college in Kebbi, two homes for his sons price N100million every, and a brand new lodge underneath building within the Jabi space of Abuja.

Malami additionally purchased a home in 2020 price N150million within the Gwarimpa space of Abuja.

A newly constructed college is situated behind NITEL in Gesse Phase 1, Birnin-Kebbi, whereas a brand new home price N600million on Ahmadu Bello Way, Nasarawa GRA, Kano, are amongst properties acquired by Malami since he grew to become a minister underneath President Buhari.

Malami additionally constructed a N3billion multipurpose occasion centre in Kebbi State named Azbir Arena for his son in Kebbi.

This is other than Rayhaan Hotel situated on Zaria Road, reverse Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, which the AGF massively upgraded.

Ever since SaharaReporters revealed a sequence of detailed experiences exposing these illicit acquisitions, the media organisation has been a goal for the AGF’s camp.

Apart from falsely claiming to have sued SaharaReporters over the expository experiences he stated had broken his fame earlier than the world, Malami additionally issued a petition to the previous Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on the problem to arrest the Publisher of the web medium, Omoyele Sowore.

Despite the open show of unexplained wealth by the AGF and members of his household in latest instances, President Buhari, who rode to energy in 2015 on the again of a promise to crush corruption, particularly within the authorities circle, has but to supply any assertion on the event.

Observers say Buhari’s silence is an endorsement of the atrocities of one among his most trusted lieutenants, Malami.

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REVEALED: How Chief Of Staff, Gambari, Attorney-General Malami Tricked Buhari To Fraudulently Pay N90.6billion To Controversial Paris Club Lawyer

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