8 December 2012

Nigeria: Malabu Oil Deal - I'm Not a Crook, Adoke Tells Reps

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The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), and Minister of Justice , Mr. Mohammed Adoke (SAN),has said that he is not a crook on the grounds that he is doing the best as the chief law officer of the country.

The AGF stated this yesterday while responding to questions by the House of Representatives panel probing the Malabu oil block deal. He also defended federal government's role in the contentious sale of Oil Prospective Licence (OPL) 245.

Adoke said allegations of round-tripping levelled against the government in some quarters could not be substantiated.

According to him, the government acted as a mere facilitator of an amicable settlement between two disputing parties over a long standing dispute, with an obvious economic implication for the country.

The AGF made the defence during the Leo Ogor-led House of Representatives investigative probe meeting into the role played by the federal government and two multinational oil giants ,Agip and Shell in the alleged round tripping of proceeds in the sale of the contentious OPL 245 in favour of Malabu Oil and Gas Limited.

In the deal, which the lawmakers described as "shoddy," top presidency officials were accused of perpetrating one of the biggest financial heists in the country's history , following the out-of-court settlement between the listed parties and the subsequent payment of $1.1 billion to Malabu Oil and Gas.

But the members of the committee engaged the AGF in a war of words over the latter's involvement in the oil deal.

Adoke was , however, angered by the questions thrown at him, which suggested his involvement in the deal.

He said, "I was not that irresponsible and I did not authorise the payment of money from the federation account to Malabu. I am not a crook and I don't support crooks. I cannot be unduly maligned by people who have been the architects of the ruins of this country".

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