Former Federation Attorney General Mohammed Adoke, SAN, filed a petition with Italy’s Justice Minister regarding the conduct of prosecutors Fabio De Pasquale and Sergio Spadaro.
He charged Pasquale and Spadaro, who are prosecutors in the criminal proceedings of Eni / Shell and others for corruption and money laundering, forgery and professional misconduct.
Adoke’s position was contained in a petition from his lawyers, Gromyko Amedu Solicitors, titled: “Re: Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN. Complaint for forgery and professional misconduct against Fabio De Pasquale and Sergio Spadaro, prosecutors at the Court of Milan.
The petition, dated July 1, 2021, was signed by Femi Oboro on behalf of the law firm.
Oboro, on behalf of Adoke, charged prosecutors with unlawful acts of intimidation / life threatening, forgery of documents / evidence intended for unlawful interference in the administration and perversion of the course of justice.
He said prosecutors acted “maliciously and unprofessionally” to the detriment of the former minister despite the fact that he was not a direct party to the criminal proceedings and was not tried in the Milan court.
He recalled that in May 2016, Adoke met with Italian and Dutch investigators in The Hague, the Netherlands, regarding the 2011 OPL 245 settlement agreement.
On the due date, he said Adoke was interviewed by Dutch / Italian investigators in Pasquale’s absence.
He added: “However, on the second day the nature and character of the interview changed with the presence of Fabio De Pasquale, who informed our client that he was being questioned as a suspect.
“This was contrary to the intention and purpose of the interview agreed between our client and the Dutch / Italian investigators. Since it appeared that Fabio De Pasquale had engaged in illegal and deceptive behavior namely; to engage our client to be questioned without him knowing beforehand that he was a suspect and that his statement was intended for his criminal prosecution by the Italian prosecutor.
Oboro also accused prosecutors of engaging in illegal acts of obtaining false documents / evidence.
He also accused them of having engaged in illegal acts of counterfeiting by procuring and organizing a fake telephone interview, which allegedly took place between a certain Mrs. Carlamaria Rumor, who is said to be a member of the staff of RAI television in Italy, and Adoke in November 2015..
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