Minister Of Justice Bello Adoke Says No One Will Be Prosecuted Over $6.8 Billion Fuel Subsidy Scam

Attorney General Of The
Federation (AGF) And Minister Of
Justice Mr Mohammed Bello
AdokeChannels TelevisionFuel
SubsidyFuel Subsidy Probe
ReportHouse Of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee On Fuel
Subsidy RegimeSave Nigeria
Group (SNG). The Attorney General of the
Federation (AGF) and Minister of
Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke,
has revealed that the federal
government cannot prosecute
the people indicted in the House of Representative probe into
the management of the fuel
subsidy, saying the probe was
just a ‘fact-finding’ mission. Reacting to calls for the
prosecution of those allegedly
indicted in the report of the
House of Representatives Ad-
Hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy
Regime, the AGF in a statement on Thursday stated that the
government will need relevant
agencies to conduct necessary
investigations before it can
commence the prosecution. According to the AGF,
“government must be guided
by the dictates of the rule of
law and due process as
required of any democratically
elected and responsible government. In this regard, the
need to ensure that thorough
investigations are carried out
by relevant law enforcement
agencies cannot be
overemphasized.” Even as the House of
Representative in a unanimous
vote approved all the
recommendations of the report,
the AGF noted that the
exercise carried out by the legislature is “mainly fact-
finding.” He further pointed out
that the report of the ad-hoc
committee and the resolutions
adopted by the House of
Representatives, were yet to be transmitted to the executive
arm of government. “Nevertheless, when the report
and accompanying resolutions
are received, the relevant law
enforcement and anti-
corruption agencies will
commence the tedious process of sieving through the report,
with a view to assembling all
the essential ingredients
required to sustain criminal
charges that may be filed as a
result of such investigations” he added. Lack of evidence Referring to recent flaws
recorded by the anti-corruption
agencies in the trial of some
corrupt allegations, Mr Adoke
stated that “experience has
shown that whenever our law enforcement agencies are
stampeded to arraign suspects,
the end result is usually the
discharge of such suspects by
the courts ostensibly for want
of evidence.” “Nigerians must therefore allow
our law enforcement agencies
to conduct painstaking
investigations that will ultimately
satisfy the standard of proof
required in criminal cases.” He however admitted that the
allegations contained in the
subsidy probe report deserve
serious action on the part of all
those with oversight
responsibility over the agencies and persons concerned. He urged Nigerians to have
faith in the processes being
undertaken and to patiently
wait for the outcome of the
investigations and subsequent
prosecutions that may flow from the fuel subsidy probe and
also the on-going probe by the
Senate. Divert attention Mr Adoke also reached out to
the Save Nigeria Group (SNG)
that has given the government
a two weeks ultimatum to
commence the prosecution of all
those indicted in the report; else they will call for a
nationwide protest. The AGF stated that the threat
to embark on demonstrations
and strike actions will only
“compound the problem and
divert attention, as well as, the
energy that would otherwise have been channeled into
productive use by law
enforcement agencies” Mr Adoke reiterated
government’s commitment to
anti-corruption as he recalled
the President’s initial reaction
to the Report of the Fuel
Subsidy probe, saying that “any person found wanting will
be prosecuted irrespective of
the person’s standing in the
society.” He therefore enjoined all
Nigerians who are concerned
about the revelations from the
fuel subsidy probe report to be
“patient and exercise restraint
while these difficult, but essential processes are carried
out by appropriate agencies.” “As Attorney General of the
Federation, I swore to uphold
the Constitution and I am
therefore not oblivious of the
constitutional responsibility
placed on my shoulders to ensure that those who
contravene our laws are held
accountable through the legal
process” he stated

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