FG Moves To Nullify Bode George’s Conviction
Indications emerged that the Federal Government through controversial Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke has begun moves to nullify the conviction of a ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Chieftain, Chief Olabode George.
Olabode George was convicted and sentenced in October 2009 to two and a half years in prison along with five other directors when he served as Chairman of the board of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA on the allegation of theft and diversion of public funds running into billions of naira.
The move to quash the conviction is to enable Bode George who had already served the jail terms after failing to upturn their conviction at the Appeal Court, be in the best frame of mind to take on President Jonathan’s campaign battles in 2015 in the south west of Nigeria.
To achieve this, Adoke had already directed the acting Director of Public Prosecution in his office, Mr T.O. Olatigbe to write a letter disowning fiery Lagos lawyer, Festus Keyamo who was hired by the EFCC then to prosecute the George’s case. Armed with the lawyer from Adoke, Bode George has therefore approached the apex court to quash his conviction on the ground that the appellate court erred in law when it failed to upturn the jail term passed on him by the trial court while contesting that the prosecution counsel, Keyamo did not get a fiat from the AGF Adoke to prosecute him.
While it is acceptable that Bode George has the fundamental right to seek for the nullification of conviction, it is however surprising that the appeal Bode George filed at the Supreme court is not to contest whether or not he is guilty of the crime, but on the fact that Keyamo did not get a fiat from the office of the AGF’s.
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