$9.6bn UK judgement: I didn’t see contract papers, says Ex-AGF Aondoaka

Former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Michael Aondoakaa has said he is in absolute support of the efforts made by President Muhammadu Buhari and Justice Minister Malami Abubarka Malami to probe the $9.6B United Kingdom (UK) judgement debt against the country.

In a telephone interview with The Nation, Chief Aondoakaa, who was the AGF between July, 2007 and February 2010 stated that throughout his tenure no such contract was brought to Federal Executive Council ( FEC) for deliberation.

He said, “As the then Chief Law Officer of the federation and a member of the FEC, I can tell you that no such contract was brought for deliberation to the best of my knowledge”.

According Aondoakaa, “With such a huge contract sum involved, the best practice was after due process might have been certified alongside tenders board, the contract with Process and Industrial Development limited ( P&ID) should have been forwarded to FEC for deliberation and final approval before Ministry of Petroleum resources would go ahead with the award of the contract of such nature because of the involvement of another country.

“But I can tell you without fear of contradictions that I saw nothing like that before FEC.

“I did not see such contract and since the news broke out I’m wondering how this could have been possible,” said the former AGF.

He dismissed media reports of his alleged involvement in the contract and called for a thoroughly probe by the federal government to unravel those behind the mystery contract.

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