NIA slams Agabi over plotting allegations to compromise court case

Lawyers for the National Intelligence Agency, or NIA, dismissed media allegations regarding plots by the security agency to compromise the pending court case over his dismissal.

Wale Adesokan, on behalf of the NIA, sent a letter to Kanu Agabi, who is the lawyer of Ambassador Mohammed Dauda, expressed his concern over communication between Agabi and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

It was said that such communication mention the suspicion that the NIA was plotting, among others, to arrest Ambassador Dauda. It is also reported that the NIA legal team was not copied within the communication, despite the fact that others were and the letter was later circulated by the media in January.

“It is a rather surprising departure from the professional ethics of the Bar that in a matter or matters in which a Senior Advocate of Nigeria represented and still represents the Defendants/Appellants, a letter of that magnitude, which indubitably has put the conduct of a party to the proceedings in issue, is addressed and delivered to non-parties thereto,” the letter read.

“It is professionally discourteous and not in the best interest of the Bar for anyone to sidestep counsel on record in the matter and address directly a letter of complaint, as in this case, to third parties who are neither parties on record nor counsel thereof.”

The NIA also declined that it was plotting to compromise the judgment as it was already on filing the appeal against the judgment won by Ambassador Dauda.

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