Friday, 14 July 2017

Adoke: All those behind my travails will be shamed and exposed

Adoke: All those behind my travails will be shamed and exposed

Mohammed Adoke, former attorney-general of the federation, says all those behind his travails will be exposed.

In a statement released hours after policemen searched his residence in Okene, Kogi state, on Friday, Adoke said this would be the fourth time that security operatives would search his house.

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He commended the officers that carried out the operation for being professional, saying those sent in the past were unruly.

“I have just been informed that my country home in Okene, Kogi state, built some 12 years ago was today, 14th July 2017, thoroughly searched by men of the Nigeria police force,” he said in a statement.

“Armed with a search warrant from the high court of the FCT sitting at Gudu district, Abuja, the 12 policemen searched the whole building including the overhead and underground water tank, septic tanks, the penthouse and boys quarters apparently looking for foreign currency (dollars and pound sterling) and other unspecified documents.

“However, unlike previous searches, which were conducted in the crudest manner with the aim of needlessly destroying property, these policemen conducted themselves professionally and were civil in their approach thereby giving credence to the new image of the force as a reformed Institution.

At the end of the almost two hours search, no incriminating thing was found in the house and a report to that effect was duly prepared and witnessed by those who were present including my junior brother, Abdullahi Adoke.

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“This will be the time 4th time my home will be subjected to search at the instance of Nigeria’s law enforcement personnel. It will be recalled that my student home in The Hague, Netherlands was searched at the instance of the EFCC.

This was followed by the search of my country home in Kano and the search of my junior brother’s house also in Okene and today’s search of my own home in Okene. While all these searches have been futile in the sense that nothing incriminating was found, the law enforcement personnel still persist in this fruitless exercise.”

Adoke said the searches were part of an orchestrated plan to prevent him from pursuing his suit against the federal government.

“I am therefore convinced that the searches are in furtherance of an orchestrated plan to harass, intimidate and generally prevent me from pursuing my suit against the federal government,” he said.

“I served Nigeria diligently as attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice for five years and two months and I am proud of the modest achievements I recorded in the justice and other sectors that my inputs impacted.

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I am therefore utterly surprised that at the end of my service, agencies of the state especially the EFCC have chosen to align with those with personal grudges and scores to settle with me for refusing to allow my office to be used in their fight to gain ownership and control of OPL 245 granted to Malabu Oil and Gas Limited.

“By the grace of God, Nigerians will be made aware of the ignoble roles some of their so-called leaders are playing in furtherance of their personal interests in the guise of fighting corruption.”

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