Federal Attorney General and Justice Minister, Michael Aondoakaa, disclosed on Monday that the British Government has sought the permission of Nigeria to interview Globacom Chairman, Mike Adenuga.
He told a press conference in Abuja that “the request is in respect of the importation of telecommunications equipment from South Africa. They are seeking to know whether there was proper documentation or not, whether he paid duties. They want to look at the invoices for the importation, they want to establish the truth about the case the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says they have against him.
“They want our permission, and that we are to send a legal officer to watch the session. We have replied them. We are looking at the situation and would get back to them.”
Aondoakaa denied that the government is shielding corrupt officials from trial.
“If you look at the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) it clearly states who should write a letter for such assistance. In the James Ibori matter, the British Home office or the Secretary of State is the person authorised by the agreement to write the Attorney General, and not the Metropolitan Police. The letter was signed by a crown counsel, who is equal to a state counsel on level eight, and I would not accept that. It is not a must that such a request must be granted.”
He said President Umaru Musa Yar’adua has authorised him to take to its logical conclusion the case involving Pfizer over the clinical trial of the Trovan drug it conducted in Kano that claimed the lives of children and deformed others.
He denied shielding former Speaker Patricia Etteh from prosecution, urged Nigerians to ask the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to perform their duties. He said he not seen the case file.
On the Wilbros scandal, Aondoakaa said the government has made a request to the United States to permit Nigerian agencies to look at the evidence and determine whether it is enough to prosecute the matter in the country.