A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Prof. Itse Sagay, has said he was not involved in the controversial Process & Industrial Developments Limited (P&ID) court case.
It would be recalled that Nigeria secured a landmark victory in overturning a $11 billion arbitration award in favour of P&ID Ltd.
Justice Robin Knowles of the Commercial Courts of England and Wales, in a ruling delivered by email, upheld Nigeria’s prayer on the ground that the ill-fated gas processing contract was obtained by fraud.
In a statement on Monday, Sagay denied reports that a businessman, Olasupo Shasore, wrote a letter to him asking him to write an opinion in support of Nigeria in the court case in the United Kingdom.
The former Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACAC) in the Muhammadu Buhari administration said he knew nothing about the P&ID case and was not involved in any way.
Sagay asserted that he was named in the judgment as having played a role in the deal when he had nothing to do with it.
He said: “There is a report that I was involved in the P&ID case, that Olasupo Shasore wrote to me asking me to write an opinion in support of Nigeria in the case, and that after I studied the papers, I wrote back to him that the opinion written by Justice Belgore in favour of P&ID was so strong that Nigeria’s position is very, very bad, and that it would take a great deal of intellectual and other effort to be able to dent it. My name is in the judgment.
“I wish to state that under no circumstances did Shasore ever write to me. I know nothing about the P&ID case. I’m just seeing it for the first time. I have nothing to do with P&ID.
“I will never be involved in anything that will run Nigeria down or denigrate Nigeria in any way. I am completely innocent.
“So, the whole statement reported in the judgment that Shasore wrote to me and that I replied that their case was very strong and the report written by Justice Belgore on behalf of P&ID is very strong and that it will take a lot of hard work to dent it – not me.
“It’s a manufactured story and is absolutely untrue. I have absolutely nothing to do with P&ID.”
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