Former Justice Minister, Mohammed Bello Adoke, has shared alleged behind-the-scene account of events that transpired in the wake of ex-Lagos State governor, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s trial by the Code of Conduct Tribunal for alleged illegal operation of sixteen foreign bank accounts in which the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC, was acquitted.
In an interview with Premium Times, Adoke who was the Justice Minister during the case, alleged that a lawyer friend of Tinubu squealed on him to the authorities and instigated the trial.
According to him: “Let me clarify this issue very well. Bola Tinubu’s trial took place, it was his case with Code of Conduct Tribunal. It was a very unfortunate thing. But what most people don’t know is that a lot of people who claimed to be close to Bola Tinubu, a particular human rights lawyer, was the one that engineered that trial.”
The ex-minister said after the issue had been decided in favour of the former governor, a judge of the CCT approached him that the case could be revisited and Tinubu would be convicted.
His word, “When the case collapsed in court and they wanted to go and appeal, I stood my ground and overruled them. I didn’t do that because it was Bola Tinubu, I did it because that was the right thing to do. That was why I refused to go on that appeal.
“But it would interest you to note that a year or thereabout after the CCT case, one of the members of the tribunal came to us that we should reopen that case that they made a mistake, they can still convict Bola Tinubu. We told him that we don’t use our office for settling scores.”