DOCUMENT: Adoke Scandal: Italian Prosecutor Confirms Ex-Attorney General Sent Email Requesting To Transfer $1billion From Nigerian Government’s Account

Fabio De Pasquale, one of many Italian prosecutors within the fraudulent switch of possession of an oil bloc, OPL 245, thought to be one of many greatest in Africa, has confirmed {that a} former Nigerian Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, despatched an e mail to JP Morgan Chase searching for to switch over $1billion from the Nigerian authorities account, after he had left workplace.

De Pasquale in a letter to the Executive Director of Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA), Olarenwaju Suraj, by means of his lawyer, Kunle Adegoke (SAN) mentioned that the previous Minister on 21 July 2011, corresponded with JP Morgan Chase from the e-mail deal with “[email protected]”. 

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An organization named, A Group Construction, and one other known as Novel Properties and Development Company Ltd subsequently turned autos by means of which among the OPL 245 funds transferred by JP Morgan to an organization named Malabu Oil & Gas have been disbursed.

The e mail types a part of a sequence of correspondence between JPMC and officers of the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Ultimately, this correspondence led to JPMC transferring a whopping $801million to Malabu Oil & Gas – cash that ought to have gone to the Federation Account. 

The FRN’s Re-Re-Amended Particulars of Claim units out the path of emails and correspondences with the financial institution that led to this loss. This chronology, along with the FRN’s commentary, was additionally offered.

The e mail from a “Mohammed Bello Adoke” fashioned a part of a collection of emails geared toward persuading JP Morgan to switch funds arising from the OPL 245 transaction to Malabu Oil & Gas.

In courtroom proceedings within the UK, the Nigerian authorities had described the OPL 245 transaction as “corrupt” and “a conspiracy to injure Nigeria by unlawful means by depriving the government of monies for the grant of OPL245 to which it was lawfully and exclusively entitled.”

The banks reported that on twenty first June 2011 “Bayo Osolake (as a representative of the Defendant) received an email sent by Attorney General Adoke from the email address ‘[email protected]’, attaching copies of each of the Resolution Agreements”.

The presentation of the e-mail to the Milan Tribunal obtained broad publicity, each internationally and in Nigeria.

In response, Mohammed Adoke’s lawyer, Kanu Agabi, SAN wrote a petition to the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, dated 5 February 2021 stating: “The individuals who initiated the petition, investigations and the criminal trial at the court of Milan have engaged in acts of forgery of the email document dated 21 June 2011…”

Agabi’s letter was formally obtained by the IGP on 10 February 2021. The letter was printed in on-line newspapers in Nigeria.  

The petition additionally states “the persons or organisations behind these forgeries are the ones that authored the petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), demanding the investigation of the OPL 245 Resolution Agreement”.

Adoke’s attorneys didn’t identify names. However, Global Witness, The Corner House and Re:Common have been the signatories to the grievance that led to the investigation and subsequent prosecution in Milan.

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) Resource Centre had additionally submitted a petition to Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that led to the present prosecution of Adoke, Etete and Aliyu in Nigeria.

The civil society’s response to the forgery allegations was that; “On 1 March 2021, Corner House, Re: Common and HEDA wrote to the IGP, categorically denying Mr Adoke’s assertions that they forged the email. The letter was copied to the Milan Public Prosecutor’s Office and the UK Home Office, either of which would have been able to demonstrate the veracity, according to the group, of the following facts;

“The email first came to light in late 2020 as part of civil proceedings by the Federal Republic of Nigeria against JP Morgan Chase [JPMC] in the High Court in London, where it was disclosed by JPMC and cited by the FRN in support of its claim.

“2. The Milan Prosecutor obtained the email through a Mutual Legal Assistance request to the UK Government.

“3. The email, which was sent from an email account associated with A Group Properties, was received by an employee of JPMC, who had previous correspondence with Mr. Adoke, on 21 June 2011.” 

The group claimed that on the time of the e-mail, not one of the teams knew of the existence of A Group Properties, nor of the OPL 245 Resolution Agreements that have been hooked up to the e-mail. At the time, these Agreements have been secret and would solely have been accessible to events to the deal, their associates and authorities officers. The existence of the Resolution Agreements didn’t come into the general public area till late 2011, months after the e-mail was despatched. This alone means that the e-mail was despatched or initiated by somebody with official entry to the paperwork.

 In the identical letter, it was acknowledged, “We recognise that the email would certainly appear damaging to Mr Adoke. It is therefore understandable that he should try to discredit it. However, the notion that a document furnished by the UK in response to an MLA is a forgery is both entirely fanciful and highly damaging to the reputation of trusted parties to the MLA process. It was obtained through a government-to-government request from Italy to the United Kingdom.

“The documentation is now part of the public record and it is clear from the correspondence that the email was obtained from JP Morgan by the UK Serious Fraud Office and transmitted directly to the Milan Prosecutor. None of our organisations or officials was involved at any stage in the chain of custody.

“The email would certainly appear damaging to Mr Adoke, who is charged in Nigeria with a number of offences arising from the OPL 245 deal. Specifically, the email points to an association between Mohammed Bello Adoke and the Abubakar’s company that subsequently arranged the purchase of a house for Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN.

“Mr. Adoke failed to challenge this alleged forged document when it was submitted by the Milan Prosecutor to the Milan Court during prosecution of Mr. Etete and other defendants or at the UK court where it was tendered by JP Morgan. We believe that Mr. Adoke’s complaint to you is a deliberate attempt to pervert the course of justice and would request that you investigate.

“We would draw your attention to the fact that Mr. Adoke, was repatriated from the United Arab Emirate by the Nigerian Government (https://barristerng.com/dubai-repatriates-ex-agf-adoke-over-malabu-shell-agip-case/); and that Messrs Adoke and Abubakar are facing trials in three different cases arising from the investigation of the OPL 245 case (FHC/ABJ/CR/39/2017, FHC/ABJ/CR/268/2016, CR/124/17).

“In addition, the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN) has recovered $78million related to the OPL 245 deal from the UK – money that was recovered as stolen assets: the FRN is also a civil party to the Milan trial. Depending on the outcome of that trial, the Nigerian State stands to benefit potentially from substantial further compensation.”

Letter 31.3.21 to Mr Kunle SAN- From Fabio by Sahara Reporters on Scribd

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