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Malabu: AGF’s advice won’t stop Jonathan, Adoke’s probe, Reps insist

The House of Representatives on Sunday faulted the no-case submission the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami, made to President Muhammadu Buhari on the lingering Oil Prospecting Licence 245 deal.

Otherwise known as Malabu Oil deal, about $1.1bn share of the Federal Government in the controversial sale was said to have been “diverted” by officials who handled the transaction.

The senior officials, who were frequently mentioned, included a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, and a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Bello-Adoke.

But, Malami in a recent letter to Buhari sought to withdraw any case against the former officials on the grounds that there was no evidence to initiate a successful prosecution.

The AGF added that prosecuting the case would make Nigeria a laughing stock before the international community as a country with questionable integrity in business transactions.

Reacting to the AGF’s position, the House, however, vowed to carry out its investigations to a logical conclusion.

The PUNCH, February 26, 2018

 

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