There are strong indications that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, will soon quiz the immediate past Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, and some directors in the Justice Ministry over alleged fraud, corruption and embezzlement on the judgement debts amounting to over $3.2billion.
Nigerian Pilot learnt that the interrogation of the affected officials and lawyers was being delayed by the absence of Adoke, who went abroad on May 31, two days after the Muhammadu Buhari administration was inaugurated.
A top source at the EFCC told Nigerian Pilot that the commission has begun investigations into the allegations levelled against Adoke and others over the controversial judgement debts.
Besides the immediate past AGF, the official said three directors in the AGF Office and five Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SAN are linked with the judgement debt fraud.
He said that the commission swung into action based on a petition sent to it by a Non-Governmental Organisation (name withheld) after a lawyer had secured a judgement in respect of the matter.
The petitioner disclosed how Adoke allegedly connived with some lawyers to defraud the Federal Government the sum of $3.2billion, claimed to be a judgement debts against the country.
It was further learnt that a similar report which was submitted to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, because local governments chairmen were involved, raised questions about the legitimacy of two judgments of $3,188,079,505.96 awarded against the Federal Government by a Federal High Court in Abuja in favour of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, some firms and two lawyers.
Listed as co-beneficiaries of the judgment debts were seven companies and two SANs (names withheld).
The report was from an investigation commissioned by the NGF last year into the proceedings leading to the judgments given in 2013, and upon which four garnishee orders were issued between February and April this year against the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
The report faulted the conduct of Adoke, the ex- Minister of Finance and then Accountant-General of the Federation, who were defendants in the case.
It revealed how the AGF, the then Minister of Finance and Accountant-General of the Federation failed to defend both suits, which sought to deprive the country huge sums of money, raising questions about the actual motive behind the cases.


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