Former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Justice Minister, Mike Aondoakaa, says there is nothing wrong in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) inviting him for questioning on the Halliburton scandal.
Aondoakaa who spent several hours during the week answering questions from EFCC interrogators said that he knew about the bribe allegedly given to Nigerian government officials by the company told The Nation in Makurdi that he “initiated action against Halliburton in 2007” in the first instance.
He said: “Go and cross check your facts: in 2007 barely two months in office me and President Yar’ Adua were in UN General Assembly when the Halliburton scandal cropped up and I engaged reputable solicitors to take action.”
Question: So what happened after you took action?
Aondoakaa: I left office but I understand fines were paid to the federal government. I don’t know what happened after that.
Question: What did the EFCC want from you?
Aondoakaa: I told you I initiated action against Halliburton and I’m glad EFCC gave me the opportunity to hear from me. Contrary to the popular belief that I frustrated the Halliburton case, I initiated action and thank the EFCC under Ibrahim Magu for inviting me and giving me fair hearing on the matter. I was well treated, I was not detained and put under pressure. I voluntarily made a statement and was well respected. I left same day.
Question: What did you tell them (EFCC)?
Aondoakaa: I started the matter and they needed to hear from me and how the whole thing started. Just like I said they were decent and polite to me. I bear no grudges, people should account for their action in office. So I accounted for mine before EFCC. I’m extremely grateful to EFCC. If another opportunity provides itself I will honour their invitation. It has put many records straight. At least they heard my side of the story. Fines were paid. How they were paid I won’t know.”
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