by Isi Esene
Apparently trying to undertake damage control, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello-Adoke, has had a change of … well something -over reports of him claiming the federal government will not prosecute oil marketers indicted by the House of Representatives ad-hoc Committee on the probe of petroleum subsidy.
Adegboyega Awomolo, the Attorney General’s counsel, at a press conference in Abuja, said the government was just following the rule of law.
We know what happened the last time former AGF, Michael Aondoaka (SAN), the disgraced former AGF, used ‘following the rule of law’ as an alibi for underground moves in the James Ibori case, don’t we?
According to Channels TV, the AGF explained that “no fact-finding committee can indict a person except the police, EFCC, and the ICPC.”
He continued by saying, “If next week the report of the investigating agencies on any of the oil companies indicted by the House of Representatives committee is out, and it is reliable, and conclusive, the FG will go to court and prosecute the company”.
This is coming despite a Federal High Court ruling in Abuja on Wednesday which barred the FG from implementing the fuel subsidy report by not prosecuting any official of the Integrated Oil and Gas Limited, which filed the suit.
What he means by “a reliable and conclusive report”? Your guess is as good as ours.