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Atlas Cove: Aondoakaa absolves self from blame

Aondoakaa was responding to a media report which alleged last Tuesday that the attack was provoked by his trip to Sao Tome and Principle instead…

Aondoakaa was responding to a media report which alleged last Tuesday that the attack was provoked by his trip to Sao Tome and Principle instead of hastening the presidential directive that the MEND leader, Henry Okah should be released.

A statement by his special assistant on media and special duties, Onov Tyuulugh made available to newsmen in Abuja described the publication as a misrepresentation of facts to portray the minister as deselecting in his official duties and not treating issues with the seriousness it deserves.

The statement explained that the attorney general “was not out of the country on a frivolous trip but was duly authorized to travel to Sao Tome and Principe.

“The legal duty of the minister in the release process is to enter a nolle prosequi which can only be done while the trial court is sitting and in session. This could not have taken place on a Saturday, as courts do not sit on Saturdays,” he added.

Onov disclosed that the minister “personally attended court on Monday to ensure that a release was secured from the court. This was necessary, as Mr. Okah was not detained by Mr President but on the orders of a court of law.”

Due court processes, he added, must be followed to effect the release of anybody detained on the orders of a court.

The special assistant revealed further that Aondoakaa traveled on Friday afternoon in company of the minister of commerce, a senator and the director general of the Bureau of Public Enterprise, and came back on.