Mohammed Adoke, Nigeria’s former attorney-general, has alleged in an interview with TheCable that he learnt Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was behind his current travail with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Adoke is being accused of bribe-taking in the settlement of the dispute among Malabu Oil, an indigenous oil company owned by former petroleum minister, Dan Etete, Shell and Eni regarding the controversial oil block, LOL 245.
Adoke said he doubted Osinbajo’s alleged involvement though, particularly because he warmly received and gave him a listening ear when he discussed the Malabu oil deal with him when they both met at a Dubai hotel, he however hazard a guess why the vice president might truly be crossed with him.
Adoke claimed that “a very, very influential governor asked (Ibrahim) Magu (Ag. EFCC chairman) what was the problem with me and why he was after me, and Magu said he is not my problem and I should go and sort out my problem with the vice-president, that the vice-president is the one that asked him to go after me.
“How authentic that is, considering the politeness with which the vice-president attended to me in Dubai, I don’t know. But this is not the first time I’ve heard that. Magu’s chief of staff also voiced a similar sentiment, that the VP said they must get Adoke at all costs.”
When asked in the interview whether he had a problem with Osinbajo prior to now, Adoke said: “The other possibility is that in an interview I granted THISDAY in 2016, I did make reference to the Halliburton case in which we used lawyers to recover monies from the foreign companies that bribed Nigerian officials.
“I did make the case that we would give the lawyers commission on whatever they recovered, and that the federal government would not pay them for their services. I now referred to the Pfizer case in Kano and mentioned the VP’s name as one of the lawyers who got paid by Pfizer in the settlement of the case. I said government did not pay any lawyer. I said that was the model we adopted in the Halliburton case too. “I mentioned the names of the lawyers who got paid by Pfizer as Chief J.B. Daudu, SAN, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, a host of other Nigerian lawyers, including Mariam Uwais. Their fees were paid to them by Pfizer through Mr. Tunde Irukera. It was the same method we used in paying the lawyers in the Halliburton case.
“I was told that he was very bitter that I mentioned his name in that transaction. That could possibly account for his hatred and current contempt for me if indeed it is true. It is still speculative because the person who told me was not very certain. Maybe that is possibly the reason why he is trying to get a pound of flesh and supporting the people I offended in the Malabu transaction to come after me using the EFCC. If that is true, I use this medium to apologise to him”.
Adoke has gone on self-exile in The Netherland.