Activists urge EFCC to prosecute ex-AGF Aondoakaa for ‘corruption’

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ACTIVISTS and members of a civil society group, Global Integrity Crusade Network (GICN), have urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to order the arrest and prosecution of a former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Michael Kaase Aondoakaa (SAN), in the next seven days for alleged corruption and abuse of office.

In a petition addressed to the chairman of the anti-graft agency, dated Tuesday, August 13, and titled: “Pending allegations against Mr Micheal Kaase Aondoakaa (SAN) bordering on fraud, corruption, flagrant abuse of his office as Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice between 2007 to 2010 as well as involvement in the $182 million Halliburton scam,” the group spoke in Abuja through its Director of Special Duties, Akan Augustine Eneji.

The petitioners alleged that in 2010, Aondoakaa was stripped of the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) by the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee, following several petitions against him for alleged unethical conducts while he was the AGF.

The petition reads: “We recall with bitterness how Aondoakaa, being a close associate of James Ibori, the disgraced former governor of oil-rich Delta State, worked openly to undermine the independence of the EFCC and to derail domestic and international efforts to bring Ibori to justice. His strong-arm tactics and near usurpation of the powers of the commission earned him considerable notoriety…”

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