A former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr Mohammed Adoke, returns to Nigeria aboard Emirates Airlines Flight 785 on Thursday. Photo: Twitter- @officialEFCC
The Federal Capital Territory High Court has granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) permission to detain the previous Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke (SAN), for an additional 14 days.
Justice Othman Musa on December 20, granted the EFCC an preliminary 14 days to detain Mr Adoke to finish investigation, which elapsed on Thursday.
Mr Adoke was handed over to the EFCC by International Police Organisation (INTERPOL) upon arrival from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates on December 19 and brought into custody for his alleged involvement within the granting of the Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245 to Shell and ENI.
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According to an announcement by the Head, Media & Publicity of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, the recent utility was granted by Justice Musa in preparatory to Adoke’s arraignment.
Justice Musa, whereas granting the appliance, acknowledged that “the extension of the remand of the respondent for another 14 days for the purpose of his arraignment in court is necessary and granted as prayed.”
The former AGF who has been away from the nation stalled the trial forcing the anti-graft company to acquire an arrest warrant in opposition to them on April 17, 2019.
Read full assertion beneath:
EFCC Press Release
Court Gives EFCC Nod to Detain Adoke for Additional 14 Days
Justice A.O. Musa of Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, January 2, 2020, granted the appliance of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to maintain the previous legal professional common and minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke in its custody for extra 14 days preparatory to his arraignment.
In granting the appliance, the choose acknowledged that “the extension of the remand of the respondent for another 14 days for the purpose of his arraignment in court is necessary and granted as prayed.”
The Commission took custody of Adoke on December 19, 2019, upon his arrival from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Adoke who fled the nation in 2015, has pending felony cost of alleged abuse of workplace and cash laundering in respect of the granting of the Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245 to Shell and ENI.
It can be recalled that the federal government of former (*14*) Olusegun Obasanjo revoked the OPL 245, which the late General Sani Abacha granted Dan Etete, his then Petroleum Minister, and reassigned it to Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company, SNEPCO.
Etete’s Malabu Oil and Gas, nevertheless, reclaimed the oil block in 2006 by means of the court docket. While Shell challenged the choice, a ‘fraudulent settlement and resolution’ was consummated beneath (*14*) Goodluck Jonathan’s authorities, with Shell and ENI shopping for the oil block from Malabu within the sum of $1.1billion.
Investigations by the EFCC into the deal revealed crimes that border on conspiracy, forgery of financial institution paperwork, bribery, corruption and cash laundering to the tune of over $1.2 billion in opposition to Malabu Oil and Gas Limited, Shell Nigeria Ultra Deep (SNUD), Nigeria Agip Exploration (NAE) and their officers, culminating in felony prices in opposition to Adoke, Etete, and others, that are pending in each the FCT High Court and the Federal High Court, Abuja
The absence of the defendants slowed the prosecution of the suspects, forcing the EFCC to acquire an arrest warrant in opposition to them on April 17, 2019.
Adoke, nevertheless, arrived the nation on Thursday, December 19, 2019, from Dubai, United Arab Emirates into the ready arms of EFCC operatives on the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
His return has now cleared the best way for him to reply to the fees in opposition to him.
Justice Musa adjourned the case to allow its task by the Chief Judge.
Head, Media & Publicity
2 January, 2020