By KUNLE OLASANMI
Former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN) has approached the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) with a petition against the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
According to the petition obtained by LEADERSHIP, which was filed by a solicitor, Mr. Femi Oboro, the ex-minister pleaded with UNHRC to “expeditiously consider the complaint and make its ruling and recommendations public” in order to end his persecution.
The solicitor, who gave insights into the petition in a statement, said Adoke has been unable to take care of his aged father.
The statement said: “I have filed a complaint against the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for unmitigated acts of persecution, intimidation, harassment, threat of deprivation right to life, unlawful interference with right to family life and livelihood.
“This complaint has become necessary in view of the constant harassment, intimidation and persecution that my client has endured in the hands of the Federal Government of Nigeria and its agencies.
“ It will be recalled that my client served Nigeria as Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice from April 10, 2010 to May, 29, 2015.
“However, since leaving office, he has been the subject of sustained and malicious media attack from the EFCC and its cohorts with the aim of bringing him to public odium. These efforts have culminating in filing of phantom criminal charges against him, destruction and unwarranted searches on his residences as well as that of his siblings, persecution, threat to his life, unlawful harassment and intimidation.
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