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Falana fires back at Okonjo-Iweala, says she left “appalling record”



A Human Right lawyer, Femi Falana, has lashed back at former finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,‎ saying Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala has a habit of attacking critics of her “appalling records”.

Femi Falana

In a statement on Wednesday, Mr. Falana said the ex-minister resorted to “scurrilous attacks” on him for requesting the International Criminal Court to investigate crimes against humanity committed by past public officers.

Mr. Falana had petitioned the ICC, last week, urging the court to investigate serving and retired military officers and their civilian accomplices involved in arms procurement for the war against insurgency.‎

“Her baseless attack is not unusual as she 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,” said Mr. Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

“When Professor Chukwuma Soludo alleged that about N30 trillion could not be accounted for under her watch he was described as ‘an embittered loser in the Nigerian political space’”.

“When Comrade Adams Oshiomhole questioned the illegal withdrawal of $2 billion from the Excess Crude Account, he was accused of having animus towards her because she had blocked Edo State from obtaining a loan.

“Therefore, instead of exchanging vulgar abuse with the former minister, I shall respond to the diversionary allegations which lacerated her response and the attempt to extricate herself from the mass looting of the commonwealth under her watch,” he said.