- Former AGF Bello Adoke has demanded an apology from the minister of justice, Abubakar Malami
- Bello maintained that Malami falsely accused him of being linked with the P&1D scam
- Bello asked Malami to tender a public apology for false claims
Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, has been given a seven-day ultimatum by one of his predecessors to tender a public apology.
The demand was specifically made by Bello Adoke who asked Malami to apologise to him over alleged defamation of character in the Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) case in England, Premium Times reports.
Malami had claimed that the former minister of justice was linked with the fraud and enriched himself with proceeds from the controversial deal.
However, in a statement, Adoke's lawyer, Paul Erokoro, denied the AGF's accusation and described them as untrue.
Part of the statement by Erokoro read: “Our client is astounded by your failure to inform the English court that under Nigerian law, any person charged with or accused of a crime MUST be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
“Rather, you pronounced our client guilty, even when you were fully aware that his trial had not even commenced. The Attorney-General’s oath of office includes an undertaking to protect and defend the Nigerian constitution."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Adoke had been removed from the wanted list of the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol).
The development was contained in a letter addressed to Adoke's legal representatives with reference number CCF/112/R1221.19 dated March 9, 2020.
The former AGF was apprehended on November 11, 2019, by the operatives of the Interpol in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Adoke was said to have travelled to the Arab state to receive treatment when he was arrested on the request of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He was fingered in the controversial OPL 245 deal executed by the federal government in 2011 under President Goodluck Jonathan's era.
But in the letter titled “Request concerning Mr Mohammed Bello Adoke,” Interpol announced that the former AGF had been cleared from its watch-list.
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