$ 26 Million Bribe: Group Calls For Adoke’s Removal


Mohammed Bello Adoke, the Minister for Justice and Attorney General of the Federation is in the centre of a brewing storm as allegations of corruption have again been leveled against him and a petition to that effect has been submitted to the Independent and Corrupt Practices Commission.
A group of  protesters besieged the headquarters of the ICPC last week, calling for the prosecution of corrupt government officials and leaders in the country. The protesters who bore different placards stormed the ICPC headquarters in a number of buses around 3pm on Tuesday afternoon.Some of the inscriptions on the placards included “Adoke Must Go”, “Adoke Protects Corrupts Politicians”, “Jonathan Sack Adoke Now”, “Adoke is Minister of Injustice” among others.
Street Journal later found out that the protesters were members of a group called the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, and their mission was to deliver a petition against the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, SAN.
The Chairman of the Coalition, Mr. Debo Adeniran chided the anti-graft commission that despite the many petitions the coalition had written against former corrupt leaders, the ICPC had not done what was expected by investigating the allegations.
The Coalition’s Chairman however said that his group has remained undeterred because President Goodluck Jonathan had given marching orders to the anti-corruption agencies in the country to renew the war on corruption starting with his own government.
He therefore urged the ICPC to deal with the petition with prompt attention in line with the President’s directives.
In the petition, the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders alleged that the Attorney General coordinated a bribery scheme that extorted $26million from about 10 multi-national companies indicted in the Siemens and Haliburton bribery scandals in the last quarter of 2010. Adeniran said “the amount was collected under the official cover of making the accused multi-national companies pay the legal fees of prosecution counsel even though the accused were never prosecuted in any court of the land to warrant such unethical secret levy.”
While alleging that some of the multi-national companies were forced to pay various sums as fines and bribes under the cover of paying for prosecution’s legal fees ranging from $3m to $26m, Adeniran opined that Nigeria’s anti-corruption agencies are not doing enough to effectively curb corruption in the country.
He however told the ICPC officials that his group would not join those criticizing them because the encumbrances affecting the agency are known to the coalition. “We want your operations to be strengthened,” he said.
Mr. Folu Olamiti, the ICPC’s Resident Consultant on Media and Public Matters who received the petition on behalf of the Chairman of the commission, AIG Abang Wushishi (rtd), denied that previous petitions against corrupt leaders sent by the group were ignored by the ICPC. He also assured the protesting members of the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders that the anti-graft agency would do its best.
Addressing the protesters, Olamiti said “you may think that we are slow now, but action will come, we cannot sweep any case under the carpet.”

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