Federation Attorney General Abubakar Malami has responded to criticism from South West governors over the Magodo controversy.
Mr Malami, in a statement by his spokesperson, Umar Gwandu, noted that controversy had ensued from the Lagos government’s failure to act on a Supreme Court ruling.
“It is common knowledge that the execution of the judgment and orders of the competent courts and the court of last resort in the circumstances remains a cardinal element of the rule of law,” he argued.
Mr Malami added that the attorney general’s office “wonders how the maintenance of law and order during the execution of the supreme judgment can be judged by (the) imagination of the governors as unruly”.
H further emphasized that “the sanctity of the rule of law is not a matter of choice”.
Mr Malami said he was unhappy with the South West governors’ “unjustifiable insinuation of impunity against the Attorney General’s office for (the) execution of a Supreme Court judgment”.
In a statement signed by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, South West governors on Wednesday questioned the alleged roles of IGP Usman Baba and Mr. Malami.
The race to own Magodo began in 1988 when the Shangisha Landlord Association challenged the Lagos government. After multiple proceedings before the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, it was decided that the members of the association should be allocated 549 plots of land in the area.
“We condemn, in very clear terms, the role of the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami, in this act of gross moral turpitude,” the governors said.
On Wednesday, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu weighed in on the controversy over the Magodo Phase 2 estate during a stakeholder meeting with Magodo residents, court creditors, members of the Nigeria Police Bureau of Inspector General of Police Usman Baba and members of the state executive. advice.
On Tuesday, Abimbola Oyewole, a chief superintendent of police, led officers to retake the Magodo Phase 2 estate, causing unrest as landlords and tenants panicked.
Officers defied Mr. Sanwo-Olu’s orders to leave the estate.
Mr. Oyewole had told the governor that the armed cops were at the estate on the orders of MM. Baba and Malami.