The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Muhammad Adoke has been accused of deliberately shielding former Governor of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki, from prosecution over multi-billion money laundering scam when he was governor of Kwara state.
Investigations revealed that both Bukola and Adoke are personal friends.
According to a petition written to President Goodluck Jonathan by an elderstatesman in Kwara state, Alhaji Abdullahi Iyanda, OON, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)and the police had allegedly investigated and completed investigation into the scam leading to the preparation of a 14-count charge against the Senator who is currently the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology but the Attorney General has not allowed the case to be taken to court.
The 75 years old Alhaji Iyanda in the petition stated that the EFCC and police have completed investigation into the matter and prepare the charges since 2012 but, “but due to the character of the Attorney General to subvert high profile cases, the said charges have not been taken to court”.
In the case paper allegedly prepared by the EFCC which was attached to the petition, a 14 count charge of money laundering running into billions of naira was preferred against Senator Bukola Saraki, Toyin Pinheiro, former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) of Intercontinental Bank, Mahmoud Lai Alabi; Skyview Properties Limited; Dicetrade Nigeria Limited; and Limkers Nigeria Limited.
The petitioner stated that Bukola has been boasting that the case would not see the light of the day because “if he goes down, the President will equally goes down with him and after all the Attorney General is his close friend”.
It seems Bukola may have been right in his boast since neither the President nor the Attorney General has taken action on the matter while the Senator has not been officially charged to court.
The petition was dated 18th February, 2013 while one A M Adamu signed to acknowledge receipt of the petition the same day.
Copies of the letter and attached documents were sent to the Chief of Staff to the President and the National Security Adviser to the President.