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