Michael Kaase Aondoakaa

Michael Kaase Aondoakaa

Former Attorney General and Minister of Justice

Date of Birth: 12/06/1962
Place of Birth: Benue

Education: Maiduguri University, 1985

Career: Junior Partner, J.Tine Tur and Co Chambers, Gvoko, 1987-89; Principal Partner, M.K. Aondoakaa and Co, Makurdi; Attorney General and Minister of Justice, 2007-10. 

Commentary: The second most remarkable detail about Michael Aondoakaa's time as Attorney General is that most efforts to prosecute Nigerians for corruption came from jurisdictions abroad. The first is that he tried to thwart them all. In August 2007, he wrote to a British court asking them not to prosecute former Delta State Governor James Ibori for money laundering (the letter was used to unfreeze Ibori's accounts). In September 2007, he asked a French judge not to charge former Oil Minister Dan Etete with corruption. He denied a June 2009 Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty request from Britain to investigate three former governors (Ibori, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Obong Victor Attah), who were suspected of a US$38 million fraud.

Aondoakaa was born in Benue on 12 June 1962 and graduated from the Maiduguri University in law in 1985. He was called to the Bar in 1986. In 1993 he opened his own firm, M. K. Aondoakaa and Company. He was recruited in 2007 (at Ibori's instigation) as President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua's Attorney General.

Aondoakaa's appointment was controversial. He was behind the sacking of Nuhu Ribadu, the effective former head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He gutted the Uwais electoral reform white paper, removing the crucial point that the head of the Independent Electoral Commission should be independent and not picked by the President. And he has refused to release funds for a task force panel set up to investigate the Nigerian end of a $190 mn. bribery scandal involving United States oil services giant Halliburton.

July 2009's deadly militant attack on an Atlas Cove oil depot occurred after Yar'Adua had ordered Aondoakaa to release Henry Okah , leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND). Aondoakaa left for São Tomé e Príncipe without releasing Okah. Suspecting a ruse, MEND attacked the depot, killing nine navy personnel and civilians. Aondoakaa hurried back and ordered his release.

Aondoakaa was removed from his position as Justice Minister by acting President Goodluck Jonathan in February 2010.

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Vol 53 N0 9


Star-struck James Ibori

Comment is sharpest on former Attorney General Michael Aondoakaa and the former EFCC Chairperson, Farida Waziri...

Vol 52 N0 24


The unprosecutables

Waziri had come to office in June 2008 with a reputation as a stooge of the then Attorney General, Michael Aondoakaa...

Vol 52 N0 14


Ministers old and new

* Mohammed Bello Adoke (Kogi): Still Minister of Justice and Attorney General and an ally of his predecessor, the controversial Michael Aondoakaa...

Vol 51 N0 16


Goodluck with the numbers

The turfing out of Yar'Adua apparatchiks such as economic advisor Tanimu Yakubu and national security advisor Abdullahi Sarki Mukhtar rang a few alarms in the north although few seem concerned about the arrest warrants for lacklustre Attorney General Michael Aondoakaa and former Delta State governor James Ibori, currently in Dubai and facing extradition to Britain...

Vol 51 N0 12


Welcome to London

This contrasts with Kayode’s predecessor, Michael Aondoakaa, who refused to cooperate with the British and tried to get the charges quashed (AC Vol 50 No 20)...

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The Goodluck cabinet

During his screening by the Senate, Adoke admitted to handling some cases for former Delta Governor James Ibori which were referred to his law firm by former Attorney General Michael Aondoakaa, insisting that there was nothing personal about his relationship with Ibori and Aondoakaa...

Vol 51 N0 5


On her Majesty's Secret Service

Its leading members include former Delta State Governor James Ibori; Yar’Adua’s Principal Secretary, David Edevbie (formerly Delta State Finance Commissioner under Ibori); and former Attorney General Michael Aondoakaa...

Vol 51 N0 4


Acting President Jonathan sets out his plans

He was a major backer of Yar’Adua’s election campaign and his legal travails eased significantly during the tenure of Attorney General Michael Aondoakaa...

Vol 51 N0 2


The nearly man

Attorney General Michael Aondoakaa may be next...

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Why the banks stay optimistic

Some important tests of Yar’Adua’s reform commitment loom: firstly, his willingness to sack the widely reviled Attorney General Michael Kaase Aondoakaa in the coming reshuffle...

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