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EFCC denies persecuting Adoke, asks him to appear for corruption trial

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has dismissed claims by Mohammed Adoke, an ex-Minister of Justice, that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo was persecuting him through the anti-graft agency.

Adoke had, in his book titled, “Burden of Service: Reminiscences of Nigeria’s former Attorney General,” alleged that the Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu, Osinbajo and erstwhile Majority Leader in the Senate leader, Ali Ndume, sought to discredit him to a point in life where he considered suicide as a way to end his travails.

However, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, asked Adoke to quit ‘playing games’ and make himself available for trial.

The statement reads in part, “The acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, categorically states that at no time did the Vice President discuss, counsel, or direct him in any way on any issue concerning Mr Adoke. It is wicked and evil to make such a false allegation against anybody, especially when it is based on hearsay.

“A prima facie case, bordering on official corruption was established by the commission following investigations; culminating in court charges against Adoke, Dan Etete and others, which is still pending before the Federal Capital Territory High Court and the Federal High Court.

“The arraignment of Adoke, Etete and others could not take place because they, along with other defendants, have remained at large, refusing to make themselves available for trial.”

“Having now satisfied his long desire to titillate the public with some tales by moonlight in the mould of a semi author-biography, Adoke should now make himself available for trial.”

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