Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), on Wednesday said his petitions to anti- graft agencies and the Special Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) were anchored on law and facts, insisting that he has nothing personal against any person in the ongoing battle to end impunity and retrieve the nation’s looted funds from corrupt elements and institutions.
Falana made this declaration while reacting to comments credited to the former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala following his petition to the ICC for investigation into alleged crimes against humanity by serving and retired military officers and their civilian accomplices who were alleged to have diverted over $8 billion earmarked for procurement of arms for counter insurgency operations in the northeast.
The lawyer declined to exchange what he termed “vulgar abuse” with the former minister who he said was attempting to extricate herself from the mass looting of the commonwealth under her watch.
He said Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is always quick to deflect criticisms by accusing anyone seeking to hold her to account for her appalling records in government of ulterior political motives.
He recalled that when a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, alleged that about N30 trillion could not be accounted for under her watch, he (Soludo) was described as “an embittered loser” in the Nigerian political space.