Abacha’s family slams Adoke for allegedly falsehood about them

Abacha’s family slams Adoke for allegedly falsehood about them

- The family of the late head of state, Sani Abacha, says former minister of justice, Mohammed Adoke, published false information in his recently unveiled book

- Mohammed Abacha claims Adoke did not tell the truth when he said the family has the sympathy of the Muhammadu Buhari government in its oil business

- Mohammed explains that he never hid the fact that he owns 50% stakes in the oil company in contention

The family of General Sani Abachi, Nigeria’s late former head of state, has locked horns with Mohammed Adoke, a former justice minister in the government of Goodluck Jonathan over alleged false claims by the latter.

Adoke had written that the Abacha family decided “to go to court and make claims on the OPL 245 otherwise known as Malabu because it has sympathisers in the Mohammadu Buhari government.”

Adoke also claimed that the family never came out to declare ownership of the oil well during the administrations of Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan. He reportedly claimed that it was under Muhammadu Buhari that the family went to court.

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The family, however, said Adoke lied with his claim that the family of Abacha went to court over OPL 245 because of their political connections.

The Nation quotes a statement Mohammed Abacha as accusing Adoke of making what he called a baseless allegation in his book.

The statement explained that a separate legal entity, ‘Malabu Oil and Gas’, in which Mohammed Abacha has a stake, is in court over OPL 245 as against the claim by Adoke.

“Malabu is presently in court not because of any sympathiser(s) in government.

“It will be recalled that in 2010 Alhaji Mohammed Sani Abacha instituted an action at the Federal High Court, Abuja in suit number FHC/ABJ/CS57/2010 before Hon Justice Kolawole asserting his 50% ownership shares in ‘Malabu Oil & Gas Ltd’,” the statement explained.

The family said it was during the pendency of this suit that the purported re-allocation of Malabu Oil & Gas Ltd to some foreign firms was carried out under the watch of Mohammed Adoke in 2011.

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He further noted that Mohammed Sani Abacha asserted his ownership of 50% of the stakes before the House of Representatives committee on Malabu Oil & Gas Ltd in 2014.

Legit.ng earlier reported how Adoke recently asked the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) high court to stop his arrest by security operatives in Nigeria and across the country’s borders.

Adoke, in an application challenging the order for his arrest over his alleged role in the N1.1 billion Malabu OPL 245 scandal, asked the court to grant his request in the interest of justice and fair hearing.

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