Nigeria: Malabu - Lawyer Accused Me of Corruption in Italy, Adoke Tells Malami

15 September 2020

A former Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, has written the incumbent, Abubakar Malami, over allegations of corruption against him by Nigeria's lawyer, Lucio Lucia, at the ongoing trial of Shell and others before an Italian Court in Milan.

In the letter dated September 10, Adoke appealed to Malami to call Lucia to order over corruption allegations made against him for carrying out his responsibility as the AGF.

Adoke, in the letter titled: Letter of Complaint against the Conduct of Mr. Lucio Lucia Representing the Federal Government of Nigeria in the Milan Proceedings against Shell, Eni and Other Individuals, complained about how Lucio presented him as corrupt and partly responsible for fraud allegations being tried by the Milan court.

"Mr. Lucio Lucia in his submission before the Court on 09/09/2020, on the position of Federal Republic of Nigeria as injured party entitled to civil compensation, had allegedly "reaffirmed the indictment of Mr. Adoke and others in the heist" connection with the OPL 245 Resolution Agreement.

"He proceeded to make other bizarre and unfounded allegations to the effect that I was extradited from Dubai for corruption related to OPL 245 knowing fully that nothing of sort ever happened and with characteristic audacity, he carelessly reconstructed the evidence on my Mortgage transaction with Unity Bank Plc which is subject of ongoing criminal proceedings in Nigeria to suit his narrative", Adoke said.

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