Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to stop his administration from prosecuting former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke and ex-AGF, Bello Adoke over their roles in the controversial Malabu oil deal.
In a letter to Buhari, the AGF said, following due examination of the case files, he was able to “determine that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has no significant evidence to prove its allegations of corruption against prominent players like Bello Adoke, Diezani Alison-Madueke and others.”
He noted that the Nigerian government risked being portrayed before the international community and foreign investors as an “unserious country that could not be trusted to live up to its obligations to international partners.”
“Clearly, potential investors will not have the confidence to invest in Nigeria if the government of the country is perceived as one which does not honour its commitments,” Adoke said.
The scandal over the OPL 245 oil block began in 2011 when the former administration of Goodluck Jonathan administration approved its purchase by Shell and Agip-Eni from Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd.
Those who were allegedly involved in negotiating the controversial sale of the oil block included Adoke and Diezani Alison-Madueke.