MALABU OIL: LEDAP CONDEMNS PROSECUTION OF SURAJU, URGES PROBE
The Legal Defence & Assistance Project (LEDAP) has condemned in strong terms the prosecution of anti-corruption crusader, Mr. Olanrewaju Suraju for allegations of corruption against former Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke in the Malabu oil block allocation scam.
In a statement made available to CITY LAWYER, the Chino Obiagwu SAN-led organization noted that Suraju “has consistently made public massive bribery and abuse of power against Mr. Adoke and other foreign companies, for which some are currently facing criminal charges in Italy. Rather than investigate the allegations raised in Mr. Suraju’s many petitions, the Attorney General has elected to prosecute him, undermining the so-called anti-corruption agenda of the regime.”
Suraju was on Friday 18th February, 2022, arraigned on a two-count charge filed by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) before a Federal High Court at Abuja. He was accused of cyber-stalking Adoke.
LEDAP noted that “No mention was made of the veracity or otherwise of the corruption allegations by Mr. Suraju against Mr. Mohammed Adoke. Moreso, Mr. Suraju was charged under section 24 of Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015, which the ECOWAS court of justice has earlier declared as contrary to Nigeria constitution because it infringes on the right to freedom of expression and the press.
“LEDAP is concerned that the prosecution of Mr. Suraju by the Attorney General of the Federation not only violates his right to freedom of expression as provided in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), but constitutes a blatant attack against human right defenders and anti-corruption crusaders in Nigeria. These are patriotic citizens who are fighting for the public interest of the country.”
Continuing, LEDAP urged the Federal Government “to investigate the allegations of corruption against the former AGF, Mr. Mohammed Adoke relating to the Malabu Oil scam, and withdraw all charges against Mr. Suraju.”
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