Ar­rest war­rant: FG des­per­ate to evade $9.6bn Lon­don judg­ment, says P&ID

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The Process and In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment has re­acted to the an or­der of ar­rest is­sued by the Fed­eral high Court in Abuja for the ar­rest of a son of its co-founder, de­scrib­ing it as a sign of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s des­per­a­tion to evade the $9.6bn judg­ment which the firm ob­tained Nige­ria in Lon­don. The Fed­eral high Court in Abuja, on Wed­nes­day, is­sued a war­rant of ar­rest against Adam Quinn, who is the son of the late Michael Quinn, the owner of the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­land firm, P&ID. At­tor­ney-gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion and Min­is­ter of Jus­tice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), has through his spokesper­son, Dr. Umar Gwandu, yet to re­spond to en­quiry by our cor­re­spon­dent on which steps his of­fice had taken on the move to ex­tra­dite Quinn since the ar­rest war­rant was is­sued by the court. The P&ID is cur­rently pur­su­ing a case for the en­force­ment against Nige­ria an ar­bi­tral award of $9.6bn over the coun­try’s al­leged breach of a Gas Pro­cess­ing Sup­ply Agree­ment en­tered with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment in 2010. Jus­tice Okon Abang is­sued the ar­rest war­rant against Quinn on Wed­nes­day fol­low­ing an applicatio­n by the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion as part of moves by the com­mis­sion to have the sus­pect ex­tra­dited to Nige­ria to face pend­ing charges against him. The EFCC had charged Quinn, alongside a Bri­tish na­tional, James Nolan, with money laun­der­ing, tax eva­sion, forgery of im­mi­gra­tion doc­u­ments, among oth­ers. Both men, said to be di­rec­tors of Goidel Re­sources Limited, a Des­ig­nated Non-fi­nan­cial In­sti­tu­tion, and ICIL Limited, al­legedly had some links with the con­tro­ver­sial Gas Pro­cess­ing Sup­ply Agree­ment be­tween Nige­ria and the firm. An al­leged breach of the con­tract by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment which led to the $9.6bn ar­bi­tral award against Nige­ria and in favour of the firm. The com­mis­sion on Oc­to­ber 21, 2019, ar­raigned Nolan alone say­ing Quinn was still at large. In its bid to ex­tra­dite Quinn to Nige­ria to face his charges, the EFCC had re­quested and ob­tained an ar­rest war­rant against him. But re­act­ing to the devel­op­ment, the P&ID said in a state­ment sent to our cor­re­spon­dent, “The Nige­rian Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to is­sue an ar­rest war­rant and seek the ex­tra­di­tion of Adam Quinn, the son of P&ID’S co-founder is a piti­ful and des­per­ate at­tempt by AG Malami (the At­tor­ney-gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion and Min­is­ter of Jus­tice, Abubakar Malami), and the EFCC to prop up their sham­fraud case against P&ID.” The firm stated that any applicatio­n to the In­ter­na­tional Po­lice Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Quinn’s ar­rest would amount to an abuse of or­gans of state power by the regime of the Pres­i­dent, Major Gen­eral Muham­madu Buhari. It said, “Any applicatio­n to INTERPOL would be more of the same: an abuse of the or­gans of state power by Pres­i­dent Buhari and AG Malami to threaten, de­tain, charge and jail in­no­cent in­di­vid­u­als linked to P&ID. The state­ment added, “Th­ese ap­pli­ca­tions, along with the rest of the il­le­git­i­mate EFCC sham in­ves­ti­ga­tion, should be com­pre­hen­sively rejected by all who be­lieve in the rule of law and the applicatio­n of fun­da­men­tal hu­man rights.” “The claims of fraud pre­sented per­son­ally by AG Malami be­fore the English Court are built on a foun­da­tion of sand, in­clud­ing fab­ri­cated ev­i­dence, il­le­gal de­ten­tions, co­er­cion of wit­nesses, threats to fam­ily mem­bers, and forced con­fes­sions. All of this EFCC ac­tiv­ity is in vi­o­la­tion of Nige­rian law and shows to­tal dis­re­gard for fun­da­men­tal in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights. It will fall apart un­der any rea­son­able level of le­gal scrutiny. “Buhari administra­tion now wishes to re­quest ex­tra­di­tion from rel­e­vant Euro­pean au­thor­i­ties. This is a des­per­ate ploy by Nige­ria to evade a le­gal judge­ment and dis­tract from the es­ca­lat­ing blamegame in Abuja.” On Wed­nes­day, EFCC’S lawyer, Ekele Iheana­cho, moved an ex parte applicatio­n seek­ing Quinn’s ar­rest.

•L-r:vice-chan­cel­lor, Moun­tain Top Univer­sity, Prof. Eli­jah Ay­olabi; Wife of the Chan­cel­lor, Dr Shade Olukoya; her hus­band, Dr Daniel Olukoya; Gov­er­nor of La­gos State, Mr Baba­jide Sanwo-olu; and rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Gov­er­nor of Ogun State, Mr Ola­tokunbo Tal­abi, dur­ing the 1st con­vo­ca­tion of Moun­tain Top Univer­sity, Prayer City, Mag­boro, Ogun State... on Fri­day. Photo: Goke Fa­madewa

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