Adoke faults Sanusi over hiring of private lawyers by CBN

Attorney General of the Federationm Bello Adoke

Mr. Adoke says the CBN governor whittles down his powers as the AGF by hiring private lawyers in matters between government establishments

The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, has faulted the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, over its patronage of  private law firms in matters between government establishments.

Mr. Adoke stated this on Thursday when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Finance to give his opinion on the monetary transactions of the Nigerian National Petroleum, Corporation, NNPC, in its remittances between 2012 and 2013.

He described the hiring the services of private lawyers to interpret a matter related to constitutional provisions by Mr. Sanusi as “irregular”.

“The resort by the CBN governor to get paid legal opinion from private counsel on the interpretation and application of the enabling statutes of government wholly-owned corporations is irregular.

“It is a deliberate attempt to whittle down the powers of the Attorney-General of the Federation as the Chief Law Officer of the Federation as enshrined in the 1999Constitution,” he said.

The AGF explained that NNPC had the authority to transfer its participating interest in Oil Mining Lease (OML) in certain joint venture operations to its subsidiary Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC.

He told the committee that NNPC was empowered by law to keep some part of its revenue for use to “defray” all expenses incurred in the course of its business in the upstream operations.

“Consequently, what NNPC is required to pay into the Federation Account is the net revenue as opposed to gross revenue.

“It is my considered view that the provision of Section 162 of Federation Account does not preclude the deduction of NNPC’s expenditure or cost of business.

“This is more so as the federating units do not contribute to the funding of upstream petroleum operations of the NNPC and its

Mr. Adoke pleaded for time to enable him study and form an opinion on whether due process was followed by NNPC in engaging strategic partners for the funding and operation of the oil blocks assigned to it by NNPC.

The Managing Director of NPDC, Victor Briggs, told the committee that the NPDC did not receive the $6 billion NNPC claimed it released being part of the alleged unremitted $48 billion funds into the federation account.

Mr. Briggs explained that although the NNPC provided funds for the company’s budgets, there was no record of bulk receipts amounting to $6 billion.



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  • embeey

    He didi tht bcause he knows u will justify based on ur own point of view, bt nt constitutional as he judged in d commitee

  • ’70

    Why won’t he when the government lawyers are half-baked?

  • max

    My question is when did remittance of revenue by nnpc to the federation account become a dispute?
    What is the practice before Jonathan took over?
    Can it be that previous administration was remitting the gross revenue and NNPC under Jonathan administration changed it to net revenue?
    Nigerians are hypocrites once a corrupt person attack a government he becomes a hero.
    Attacking the government have become the quickest way to buy credibility.
    Sanusi became a law to himself and in his mind he consider Jonathan too weak to call him to order. I remember when Nigerians were not happy that Jonathan failed to sack him.
    But Jonathan allowed sanusi to continue dwelling in his grandiose delusion till he was summarily disgraced out of government. This will hunt him till the rest of his life.

    • kammykazee

      @max, by your deluded reasoning, if previous administrations kill at least a Nigerian every day and GEJ continues the sacrilege, we are not allowed to resist and say enough is enough? didn’t Jonathan promise us a ‘CHANGE’ when he was canvassing for our votes? must we continue to swim in ocean of corruption forever?

      • Mohstone

        Pls tell him, if he has the ears to listen and the brain to understand.

    • {@Max} All the mumbo – jumbo [as I see it] are issues of kangaroo evidences: assessment: evaluation: and drawing to unreasonable conclusion. I think (as matter of opinion); Nigeria need treat on soft ground to these irrational judgment feed to us [by keeping our fingers cross] waiting ….

  • arewethishopeless

    Men of courage and integrity are talking, this kobo kobo criminal is opening his mouth. We all know you are the chief advocate of the devil.

    Continue, DARKNESS will never over-shadow LIGHT …

  • Isimeme1

    When will Nigeria ever have a REAL AG? This clown-thief actually said this : ““The resort by the CBN governor to get paid legal opinion from private counsel on the interpretation and application of the enabling statutes of government wholly-owned corporations is irregular.”
    The thief is criticising the police for bringing REAL INVESTIGATORS to the “crime scene”? Maybe it is because this “democratic” journey is still so young, that Nigeria’s government can seem like such a farce. The big picture remains that Justice will be brought to all looters(not just GEJ adm.). The looters will decide if they get “equal justice”(Rule of Law style) or “lawless Justice”. But the looters will get JUSTICE.

  • kammykazee

    ‘Mr. Adoke pleaded for time to enable him study and form an opinion on whether due process was followed by NNPC in engaging strategic partners for the funding and operation of the oil blocks assigned to it by NNPC’ ..The idiot suppose to be the chief law officer of the nation, he should be going to the house equipped with all the necessary informations as the probe has being in the news for few months, that is what this corrupt AGF is appointed to do.

  • Amaka

    Is it the same government contractors called lawyers that abandon EFCC cases or sell it to the defender to kill the prosecution? Abeg!!

  • Comfortkay

    The attorney General has no good name in Nigeria, when you read international Press on Nigeria these days, you will cause being a Nigerian, this past years under PDP rule is a SHAME.

    • ComradeCliff

      That is a big lie Comfortkay, I’m here in d heart of Europe, ur comment is misleading. The very issues that angered a part of USA n part of Europe in GEJ actions are d pardon he granted some exconvicts n signing of d anti-gay law. Tell me now, if d chief judge of a state can pardon convicts serving jail terms in d prison yearly, who is d highest authority in a soveriegn state like Nigeria? Secondly, gay marriage issue which is very obvious to even explain wt regards to our Nigerian culture. Less I forget, soldiers killing innocent people in their fight against terrorism was another issue but these are not government’s fault to an extent bcos, if u allows a thief to hide in ur house without exposing him, d bullet that will come after him is not labelled wt his name. Dont misquote me, I’m not saying they should intentionally kill innocent people but in course of their duty, u cant rule out innocent victims. It is not only associated wt Nig.

      • Comfortkay

        Bro which part of Europe are you living and which newspaper are you reading daily that tell you in Nigeria all is well.

        • Mohstone

          My sister dont mind these agberos wey dey do 419 abroad and claiming to know Naija pass us.

        • ComradeCliff

          @Comfortkay, Moh: I lives in Oxford, I have access to the House of Lords and Common deliberations at all times, where ministerial briefings are been done on issues of importance, daily times, peoples’ daily, times budge, UK National Daily Newspapers: Express FT
          Guardian i Independent Mail Metro Mirror
          The Morning Star Star Sun Telegraph Times
          AllTop AnaNova Anorak BBC News BBC Radio 4
          BBC Regions BBC Tech BBC World Broadcast
          CafeBabel CBBC Newsround Channel 4 News CIO
          (C of E) Church Newspaper Earth Times Ecologist
          Economist Empire Ethical Living ENDS Report
          EU Observer EuroNews Evening Standard. @Moh, I’m not proud to be a black pilot in Europe but I’m proud to be a Nigerian ok.

  • Mohstone

    Hehehe, AGF and SAN ( or SAND) dey talk. SO you want CBN to use govt lawyers to prosecute Ibru and Int Cont bank chief (abi na thief sef)??? Very funny, Cecilia would have been free if they use you and your fake SANDs. Abeg go sit don Jare. Why is EFCC using Festus Keyamo ??? Is EFCC not a govt body? Is Festus an FGN lawyer???

    • ComradeCliff

      Moh, get details from d constitution to disprove AGF so that ur points will make meaning to us, bcos we are not even sure now if Nigeria has a constitution binding on governance n d nation in general. Every1 is protecting his or her own interest not of d nation. Very pittiful.

  • Zubairu Usman

    May be in the first place, the mathematical and calculus formulas were not observed to solve this political equation. There is therefore the need for a rethink or back the drawing board before some disconnects in our National/International quest for economic buoyancy. SLS brain is not a joke.

  • Idoji

    AGF hop u hv nt bn bribed 2 tak side……..AS a true Ebira man,try 2b sincere in ur dispensation…Altho,Nigerians hv lost confidence in Nigeria judiciary system.Lamido felt he might nt get justice frm AGF n he decided 2 use private lawyers.NNPC hs nt actually account 4d missing money.Maduake attest to the fact dt,some money were at large……Honestly, d looting level in ds administration is 2 pronounced.

  • master dee

    U can see y dis country is in shatters. Adoke is just a willing tool. Presido n deziani say jump d guy will ask how high? D guy lacks integrity, character, morals, ethics etc yet he is the AGF. This guy is the worst AGF this country has ever had. Google his name n u’l see all sorts of corruption issues. The good thing is we will die one day n every one will account for his actions good or bad.