A former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, has said that he considered suicide due to alleged persecution he was subjected to after he left office in 2015.
In his new book “Burden of Service” yet to be released, Adoke named Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu; and Senator Ali Ndume as some of his persecutors, Igbere TV reports.
Adoke said in the book obtained by newsmen: “I walked to the terrace of my rented semi-detached maisonette in The Hague, The Netherlands. I looked down. Plunging a few metres seemed to offer an instant relief instead of waiting endlessly for my vindication.
“I would become totally blank to shame and sorrow within seconds. I would never have to worry about the lies and the persecution again.
“My blood would be on the hands of those who hounded me to my death. They would live the rest of their lives with a bleeding conscience, assuming that they had any such thing. Death, rather than life, seemed very attractive to me now.”
He said he rescinded his decision and chose to write his story.
Adoke accused Magu of backstabbing him despite alleging contributing to his appointment as acting EFCC chair.
He also said: “I was told an influential governor from the North-West geopolitical zone once asked Magu why he was after me so vindictively.
“Magu reportedly confessed to him that it was the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, that directed him to do so.
“He also advised the governor to tell me that I should go and sort out whatever issues I had with Osinbajo.”