- Former AGF Michael Aondoakaa said he was unaware of the aborted gas project which led to a court judgement approving seizure of FG's assets worth $9.6bn
- The former AGF said such a huge project should have been forwarded to FEC for deliberation and final approval before the contract would be awarded
- Aondoakaa, therefore, expressed his support for the Buhari-led administration's decision to probe the contract just as he dismissed his alleged involvement in the award of the contract
Michael Aondoakaa, former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice says he supports President Muhammadu Buhari-led administrations resolve to probe the $9.6 billion United Kingdom (UK)assets forfeiture judgement against Nigeria.
Recall that a A British court had given Process and Industrial Development Limited (P&ID) the approval to seek to seize the Nigerian government's assets worth $9.6 billion.
The court in a judgement delivered on Friday, August 16, said it would grant the foreign firm the right to seek to seize the federal government's assets worth $9.6 billion over an aborted gas project.
The federal government dismissed the ruling saying it was “completely wrong and obviously unjustifiable”.
The government also said that there were certain anomalies in the process leading to the award of the contract which would be investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Reacting to the development, Aondoakaa, who was the AGF between July, 2007 and February 2010 told The Nation that throughout his tenure no such contract was brought to Federal Executive Council ( FEC) for deliberation.
He said: "As the then Chief Law Officer of the federation and a member of the FEC, I can tell you that no such contract was brought for deliberation to the best of my knowledge”.
According to Aondoakaa,"with such a huge contract sum involved, the best practice was after due process might have been certified alongside tenders board, the contract with Process and Industrial Development limited ( P&ID) should have been forwarded to FEC for deliberation and final approval before Ministry of Petroleum resources would go ahead with the award of the contract of such nature because of the involvement of another country. But I can tell you without fear of contradictions that I saw nothing like that before FEC”.
“I did not see such contract and since the news broke out I’m wondering how this could have been possible,” the former AGF was quoted to have said.
Aondoaka reportedly dismissed media reports of his alleged involvement in the contract and called for a thorough probe by the federal government to unravel those behind the mystery contract.
Earlier, Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, said Nigeria’s deal with P&ID was designed to fail.
He disclosed this while addressing a press conference on Monday, August 26, in Abuja.
“The agreement was designed to fail. There were the P&ID and the federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources.
“The fact remains, you can not sign an agreement for a product you do not have. It is against this background that there is need for a criminal investigation,” he added.
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