Reps summon ministers, Magu, others, over alleged diversion of $86m legal fees

Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions has summoned the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami over alleged diversion of $86 million legal fees due to the legal firm Edwards and Partners that brokered the recovery of $3.189 billion from both the Paris and London Clubs.

Also to appear before the Nkem Uzoma Abonta-led committee set up to unearth how $86, 546, 526.65, representing 10 per cent of deductions of the legal fee was paid into the account of the Governors Forum, include the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, the Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu and the President of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Ibrahim Khalil.

Also to appear before the lawmakers at the hearing starting today are the Department of State Security, DSS and the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and all the stakeholders are expected to appear today before the committee.

The aforementioned are to appear to respond to a petition from the legal firm comprising group of lawyers and professionals who threatened to freeze accounts of the Federal Government in the U.S and United Kingdom if the legal fees remain unpaid.

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