Adoke
Former Minister of Justice Mohammed Adoke

By Ige Olugbenga

Former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, has stated that he may not return home until he gets competent assurances from the federal government that he will not be harmed or humiliated.

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Adoke, who is alleged to be a beneficiary in the $1.3 billion Malabu oil scam, said he also wants the Nigerian government to respect the laws of the land when he returns.

According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Adoke, who was AGF from 2010-2015, is involved in the fraud that marked the transfer of OPL 245 licence from Malabu Oil and Gas Limited to Royal Dutch Shell and Italy’s ENI.

He told THE CABLE, “If I am arrested and granted bail, I hope they will obey the court and not treat me like they have been treating others, they will not scandalise me, and there will be no mob trial, media circus, certainly I will return.”

Adoke expresses doubt

Adoke, however, expressed doubts that the prevailing political atmosphere in the country could afford him such privileges after his return.

He added, “But I will tell you something: that is not the environment that exists in Nigeria today. That is where my fear lies.

“Also, I cannot underestimate the extent to which those after me can go considering the enormous power and influence they have in the government of today.”