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Upadte: Abubakar, Adoke released on bail


Immediate past Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke (SAN), has been granted bail on fresh money laundering charges.

He was granted bail by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja, earlier today.

The second defendant, Aliyu Abubakar, was also granted bail.


Justice Binta Nyako imposed the same terms and conditions of the bail they were earlier granted by Justice Idris Kutigi of the Gwagwalada Division of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on January 30.

Justice Kutigi had granted each of the men N50m bail with a surety, each.


Adopting the same conditions on Monday, Justice Nyako directed that the defendants should deposit their passport with the FCT High Court.

Defence lawyers – Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and Mr. Olalekan Ojo(SAN), who said their clients had already met the bail conditions, pleaded with the court to make a specific order barring the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from re-arresting them once the release order is served on the commission.


The judge said such order would not be necessary as there would be no basis for their rearrest or continued detention once the court’s release order is served.

Adoke and Abubakar had earlier pleaded not guilty to the seven counts of making payments of dollar equivalent of about N600m in violation of money laundering law.

The prosecution, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, alleged that they committed the offences in September 2013.

The judge fixed April 1 and 2 for trial, The Punch reported.


#Newsworthy…

I’d rather be locked up in Kuje prison than EFCC prison

…Adoke did not run away,

…He went for his masters degree abroad


Mohammed Adoke, Nigeria’s ex-Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, (SAN), on Monday, said he preferred to be remanded at the Kuje Correctional Centre to the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Mike Ozekhome (SAN), spoke on Adoke’s behalf shortly after he was arraigned on fresh money laundering charges at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday.


Adoke was arraigned alongside Aliyu Abubakar, who was accused of paying dollar equivalent of N300m in Adoke’s account in September 2013 in violation of the Money Laundering Act.

Ozekhome was arguing his client’s bail application when he noted that his client was produced in court by the EFCC from the Federal Medical Centre near Jabi, Abuja, where he had been admitted for treatment.


After the defendants took their pleas, the prosecuting counsel, Bala Sanga, urged the court to remand them in the custody of the EFCC pending when their bail applications would be heard and determined. NobleReporters learnt

The defence lawyers immediately noted that they already filed their bail applications and had been responded to by the prosecution.


Ozekhome appealed to the the court to grant bail to Adoke in liberal and affordable terms and conditions, saying that his client would prefer to be remanded in the Kuje Correctional Centre, instead of the custody of the EFCC.

“The first defendant voluntarily returned to the country. There is his statement attached to show that he returned to the country voluntarily. He did not run away. We have attached an exhibit to show that he went for his Masters’ study abroad.

Mohammed Adoke, Nigeria’s ex-Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, (SAN)

“We have deposed to the affidavit about his health conditions. The prosecution themselves brought him to court from the Federal Medical Centre near Jabib in Abuja, this morning. We also plead that he be taken to the Kuje Correction Centre, a euphemism for Kuje prison pending when he meets his bail conditions to avoid the mental psychological strictures he goes through in the custody of the EFCC.

“My lord we pray that he be granted bail in liberal and affordable terms and conditions so that he can take care of himself. The law says, ‘come and stand trial’, it did not say ‘come and sit trial or come and prostate trial. My lord as you can see, the first defendant who is less than 60 is already bent with age,” he said.


#Newsworthy….

Court charges Adoke with N50m bail ..

…issues warrant of arrest on Etete


An Abuja High Court sitting in Gwagwalada, yesterday, admitted to bail a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, SAN, in the sum of N50 million with one surety in like sum.


The trial judge, Justice Abubakar Idris Kutigi, also admitted Adoke’s co-defendants, Aliyu Abubakar and Rasky Gbinigie, to bail pending the determination of corruption allegations against them.

While it gave the 2nd defendant, Abubakar bail in the sum of N50 million, it granted the 3rd defendant, Gbinigie bail in the sum of N10 million.


The court ordered that the sureties must be responsible citizens that must depose affidavits of means.

Justice Idris further held that the sureties must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and must own verifiable landed properties worth the bail sum.


The court further ordered the sureties to tender their three-year tax clearance certificates, even as it seized international passports of all the defendants, warning them not to travel out of the country without permission.

The court held that the defendants must sign a written undertaking not to interfere with any of the prosecution witnesses and to make themselves available for trial at all times.


The judge, however, warned that breach of any of the conditions would warrant automatic revocation of the defendants’ bail.

He consequently dismissed a counter-affidavit the EFCC filed to oppose the release of the defendants on bail.


In a related development, the court also issued a warrant for the arrest of a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dauzia Loya (Dan) Etete and two others that were linked with the alleged $1.1 billion Malabu Oil scam.

Justice Kutigi issued the arrest warrant on the strength of an ex-parte application and affidavit the EFCC brought before the court.


Others the court said should be arrested are Munamuna Seidougha and Amaran Joseph.

EFCC had, through its counsel, Bala Sanga, told the court that the trio have been at large and had since refused to make themselves available for trial.


It alleged that the suspects have been residing in France and were occasionally sighted in different parts of Europe.

The anti-graft agency maintained that the order would enable it to collaborate with the International Police (Interpol) to ensure that they were arrested and extradited back to the country for prosecution.

The three suspects were mentioned as defendants in corruption charges pending before different courts.

They were accused of complicity in the alleged fraudulent transfer of ownership of Oil Prospecting License, OPL, 245, regarded as one of the biggest oil blocs in Africa.


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Malabu oil scam: Adoke plead innocent


A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) sitting in Gwagwalada, Abuja, on Thursday ordered the remand of a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke (SAN), and two of his co-defendants in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over their alleged involvement in the Malabu Oil scam.

Justice Idris Kutigi, made the remand order after all the defendants entered a plea of not guilty to the 42- count charges preferred against them by the EFCC.


The judge further adjourned the trial to Monday when the separate bail applications filed by the defendants would be heard.

Although, Justice Kutigi, had initially indicated intention to order the remand of the defendants in prison, he later changed his mind and asked EFCC to take keep them in their custody.


This was moreso that the prosecution counsel, Bala Sanga, who had initially urged the court to remand them in prison custody, succumbed to the pleas by the defence lawyers that the commision should hold their clients pending the hearing of their bail applications.

Meanwhile, Adoke was arrested by the EFCC on his return to Nigeria from a four-year exile on December 19, 2019.

Former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke (SAN)

He has since been in the detention of the EFCC and was produced in court from their on Thursday.

The seven defendants, four of whom are corporate organisations, pleaded not guilty to the 42 counts instituted against them by the EFCC.


#Newsworthy…

Adoke’s fraud case stalled as EFCC drived into confusion


The arraignment of former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke was on Wednesday, stalled at the FCT High Court in Gwagwalada over confusion from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) the prosecuting agency.

The EFCC’s counsel, Bala Sanga told the court that he did not know why he was in court.


“My Lord, we have not served the charge on the first, second and third defendant, we have only served the fifth, sixth and seventh defendants.

“I’m at a loss as to why we are here (in court)’’, Sanga said.


The prosecutor further told the court that the second defendant, Aliyu Abubakar was on the run and the commission had to set up a 24-hour manhunt for him.

He added that the commission had intended to arraign all the seven defendants on Jan. 24 after effecting service on all of them.


“I am shocked as to why it came up today but subject to the convenience of the court, I ask for a short adjournment to enable us serve them.”

Responding, counsel to Adoke, Mr Paul Erokoro, (SAN) confirmed that his client was yet to be served.


Erokoro, however, told the court that they were willing to waive service and proceed with the matter.

“It is true that the charge has not been handed to us, but we consider ourselves served and so we waive service and are ready to go on with the arraignment.


Moreover, the lawyer said that by virtue of Section 136 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, (ACJA), service was not necessary.

For his part, Mr Wole Olanipekun, (SAN), counsel to the second defendant, insisted that his client had been served.


Olanipekun also countered the argument of the prosecutor, saying that his client had not been on the run and that in fact, his client was represented in court.

Mr Mahmud Magaji, (SAN), counsel to the third defendant, Rasky Gbinigie wondered why the anti-graft agency failed to serve the charge on his client who had been in their custody.


A representative of the fourth defendant, Nigeria Agip Exploration Ltd, however told the court that his client had yet to be served and that the counsel representing the fourth defendant was not in court.

The trial judge, Justice Abubakar Kutigi, however, insisted that the law provided for every defendant to be served before plea would be taken.

Former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke

He directed the prosecutor to serve the charge on all parties and also directed that all bail applications be served on all parties.

The judge adjourned the matter until Jan. 23 for arraignment.


#Newsworthy…

Malabu oil fraud: Moh’d Adoke arrive court


The immediate past Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke (SAN) will this afternoon be arraigned on fraud charges by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Already, Adoke has been brought to the Gwagwalada division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, for his arraignment before Justice Idris Kutigi.


Dressed in a white caftan with a cap to match, Adoke who was clutching a walking stick appeared pale as he stepped out of the bus that conveyed him to court.

While in the courtroom, the former AGF exchanged pleasantries with some senior lawyers in court, including Wole Olanikpekun (SAN), Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), Solomon Umoh (SAN); Olalekan Ojo (SAN), Paul Erokoro (SAN) and A.U. Mustapha (SAN).


#Newsworthy…

Update: Adoke faces fresh 42-count charge


The Federal Government has filed a fresh 42-count charge against former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke and six others over alleged fraud in the $1.1 billion Malabu oil deal.

Adoke is being charged alongside Rasky Gbinigie, A. Abubakar, Malabu Oil and Gas Limited, Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited, Shell Ultra Deep Limited and Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Limited.

The Federal Government, in a document with charge number CR/151/2020 dated Jan. 14 and filed on Jan. 15, at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, accused Adoke and others of receiving gratification to allegedly carry out a fraudulent oil deal.


According to the FG, as Attorney-General, Adoke mediated controversial agreements that ceded OPL 245 to Shell and Eni who in turn paid about $1.1 billion dollars to accounts controlled by former Petroleum Minister, Dan Etete.

Etete, now at large, was a former Petroleum Minister under the regime of General Sani Abacha.


N.Rs also learnt that Adoke, since he left the country after the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, returned into the country on Dec. 19, 2019 from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and was arrested by the operatives of the EFCC at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

He is being charged by the anti-graft agency on alleged abuse of office and money laundering in respect of the granting of the Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245 to Shell and ENI.


According to the charge, the former AGF in August 2013 in Abuja while serving as a minister knowingly received United State Dollars equivalent of N300million which is reasonably suspected of having been unlawfully obtained and thereby committed offence punishable under Section 319A of the Penal Code, Cap. 532laws of the federation of Nigeria 1990.

The suit, signed by Bala Sanga on behalf of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, further said that one of the accused persons, Rasky Gbinigie conspired with Munamuna Seidougha (at large), Amaran Joseph (at large) and Dauzia Loya Etete (at large), sometime in 2013, in Abuja, dishonestly used as genuine the forged form CAC 7 and Board Resolution of Malabu Oil and Gas Limited and the letter of resignation of one Mohammed Sani to open a Bank Account No. 2018288005 with First Bank of Nigeria Plc to receive the sum of $401. 5 million.

According to the charge, the accused persons committed an offence contrary to section 366 of the Penal Code and punishable under the same section of the Penal Code.


In count seven, Adoke was said to have in September 2013 knowingly and unlawfully obtained the sum of US dollars equivalent to N367,318,800 and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 319A of the Penal Code, Cap.532 laws of the federation of Nigeria, 1990.

In the charge, Gbinigie, the company secretary of Malabu oil was said to have made false resignation letter signed by one Alhaji Hassan Hindu as having resigned from the Board of Malabu Oil and Gas Limited with intent to commit fraud.

Some of the charges, among others, read: “That you, Mohammed Bello Adoke, being a public servant at the material time, the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice of the Government of Nigeria, sometime in
August 2013, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court was in possession and custody of the sum of N300m reasonably suspected to have been unlawfully obtained and thereby committed an offence an offence under section 319A of the Penal Code and punishable under the same section of the Penal Code.

“That you, Mohammed Bello Adoke, being a public servant at the material time, the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice of the Government of Nigeria, sometime in 2013, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, accepted for yourself without consideration, the sum of N300m to broker the negotiation and signing of the Block 245 Resolution Agreement with Shell Nigeria Ultra Deep Limited, Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited and thereby committed an offence under section 119 of the Penal Code and Punishable under the same section of the Penal Code.”
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#Newsworthy…

Court permits EFCC to detain former AGF, Bello Adoke.

…necessary and granted as prayed


Justice A. O. Musa of Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, January 2nd granted the application of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to keep the former attorney general and minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke in its custody for additional 14 days preparatory to his arraignment.

In granting the application, the judge stated 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.


#Newsworthy…

Adoke to spend New year in jail as judge reject bail conditions.


Hearing in the bail application brought by the detained former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke suffered a major set back on Tuesday before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The development came as Justice Othman Musa has ordered the return of the case file involving Adoke to the Chief Judge of the court, Justice Ishaq Bello, after the expiration of the 14 days allowed for Mr Adoke’s detention.

The court had on December 20, 2019, granted an exparte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to detain Adoke for 14 days in it’s custody to enable it round up it’s investigation.


The legal life of the detention order will expire on January 2, 2020.

Although Adoke had through his lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN, filed a bail application before the court, it was not moved in court on Tuesday.


A lawyer from the Chambers of Ozekhome, Benson Iganoi, informed the court that although they had their application for Mr Adoke’s bail, they needed time to respond to counter applications brought by the EFCC.

Mr Adoke had been held for over a month in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, following a request by the EFCC through INTERPOL before he returned to Nigeria on December 19.


Mr Adoke who has been on a self imposed exile since 2015, has pending criminal charges brought against him by the commission for his alleged role in the scandal that followed the granting of the Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245 to Shell and ENI.

The controversial contract had resulted in the payment of $1.1 billion dollars to accounts controlled by an ex-convict and former petroleum minister, Dan Etete by Shell and ENI

Mohammed Bello Adoke

Mr Adoke has denied any wrongdoing in the matter.

The allegations has however resulted in international prosecution of suspects linked to the matter.


#Newsworthy…

Court order EFCC to remand former minister, Adoke for 14 days.

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), in Maitama, Abuja has granted the request by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to remand former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mohamed Adoke for 14 days pending investigation.

Justice Othman Musa, who is the court’s sitting vacation judge granted an ex-parte motion moved this morning by EFCC’s lawyer, Fatima Mustapha to that effect.

“Application to remand the suspect in EFCC custody for 14 days pending investigation is granted,” the judge said

#Newsworthy…

22 former governors under probe for money laundering.

The Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN) has disclosed that 22 former governors are currently being investigated for money-laundering related charges.

Speaking at a media parley with the National Association of Judiciary Correspondents (NAJUC) in Abuja he described President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption as “total, comprehensive and dispassionate devoid of any political or ethnic sentiments or inclination”.

The minister equally revealed that many serving senators are under FG’s investigative radar while stressing that corruption undermines the security of any nation, generates huge economic damage and violates human development.

Malami said President Buhari would leave no stone unturned to recover wealth stolen from Nigeria either by individuals or corporate entities.

He noted that three former governors have already been convicted and are currently serving various jail terms for corruption-related crimes they committed while in office.

The AGF further revealed that the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, (EFCC), had between 2015 and 2019, secured the conviction of 1, 636 persons involved in corruption-related offences.

Malami said: “I am delighted to host Judiciary Correspondents as part of the end of the year briefing on the monumental activities and historic achievements of the Ministry and its parastatals.
Occasions like this one serve as avenues for introspection and unveiling action plans, future projects and strategic initiatives for consolidating the ministry’s drive-in Justice sector enhancement for the forthcoming year and beyond.

Members of the Judiciary Correspondents have been contributing tremendously in their reportage of the activities of the ministry and its parastatals.

“You report to the public the enviable contributions of the teaming members of the ministry that culminated into landslide accomplishments.

“I would like to acknowledge the fact that the Judiciary Correspondents have been very supportive in providing positive and adequate publicity for the ministry’s activities.

“I am optimistic that the meeting is essential in enhancing the working relationship between the ministry and the media.

The imperative of having a committed leadership that respects the rule of law and above all has zero tolerance to corruption and corrupt tendencies remains the fulcrum upon which development revolves.

“Let me inform this gathering that corruption undermines the security of any nations, generate huge economic damage and violates human development. No doubt, failure to address corruption inhibits sustainable long growth which undermines national development.

“Like the president always states, if we don’t make effort to kill corruption, corruption will kill us and when corrupt monies find haven, they will begin to fight back. Thus, Nigeria and Africa at large can only move forward if we resist corruption in all forms.

The present administration has been fighting corruption in all its ramified manifestations including legislative framework, institutional infrastructure and the adoption of effective preventive measures against corruption and putting in place mechanisms for the management of recovered stolen assets.

“To this end, we have created a central database for recovered stolen assets which is under the supervision of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

“The government made concerted efforts that see to the boosting of the institutions and agencies responsible for the fight against corruption; Ministry of Justice, Independent Corrupt and other related Offences Commission (ICPC), Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), Code of Conduct Bureau, among others.

Nigeria has taken anti-corruption measures in tackling cybercrime, money laundering, oil bunkering and false assets declaration among others. Pursuant to the Code of Conduct Act, public officers are expected to declare their assets immediately upon assumptions of office.

“We have also developed the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and a guideline for smooth implementation of the strategy which five (5) pillars include: Prevention of Corruption, Public engagement, Ethical re-orientation, Enforcement and sanction, and Recovery and management of proceeds of crime.

The government has improved the economic fortune of the country through institutional support and legislative framework. The Financial Bill, Deep Offshore Profit Sharing Contract Act among others count among steps in that direction.

“I am pleased to inform this gathering that the Federal Government of Nigeria has recovered funds from corporate bodies and individuals through the combined efforts of the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and our Law Enforcement Agencies through local and international collaboration with international community and adoption of strategies put in place.”

#Newsworthy…

EFCC bugle Former AGF, Adoke on his arrival from Dubai.

Former Attorney General of the federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, has arrived Nigeria from Dubai.

The ex-AGF left Dubai following pressure from EFCC boss Ibrahim Magu who reportedly held series of meeting with Dubai authorities in respect of the former Attorney General. He was accompanied by INTERPOL officers on Emirates Airlines Flight 785.

The aircraft departed the Emirati commercial capital at about 11am Dubai time (8am Nigerian time) and touched down at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja at 3:45pm. Officers of the EFCC were on ground at the airport when he arrived to intercept him.

#Newsworthy…

Former AGF, Adoke (SAN) arrives Nigeria today.

…after regaining freedom from dubai

Former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, has finally been released from the custody of Interpol, following his arrest and detention in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Adoke, who was arrested by Interpol on November 11 in Dubai, when he entered the country for medical reasons, had been in the custody of Interpol for a period of one month and a week.

Interpol had predicated their action on an international bench warrant for Adoke’s arrest issued on April 17, 2019 by Justice Danlami Senchi of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Adoke had however insisted his arrest in Dubai was illegal since the purported bench warrant had been vacated by the same court.

Having found no reason to continue to keep him, Interpol and UAE authorities were compelled to release Adoke.

Confirming Adoke’s release, his counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, said he was already airborne on his way to Nigeria.

According to Ozekhome, the former AGF opted to come back to Nigeria.

“He has been released and he is airborne to Nigeria. He has been released because nothing was found against him, nothing incriminating was found. So the UAE authorities and Interpol were forced to release him.

“He opted to come to Nigeria, he could have gone to any other country of his choice. But he is on his way to Nigeria and he will arrive this afternoon,” Ozekhome said.

Adoke fled the country in 2015 to Netherlands following the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari as winner of the 2015 presidential election, and had since refused to come back home in spite of several criminal charges filed against him by the Federal Government.

The former Minister, who was indicted for fraud to the tune of $1.2 billion in regards to the Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL) 245 – the Malabu Oil scandal – was in November arrested by Interpol operatives in Dubai where he had gone to seek medical treatment.

But his lawyer, Ozekhome, claimed that Adoke was unlawfully arrested by Interpol because the warrant of arrest earlier issued against him by Justice Danlami Zenchi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court has been vacated by the same judge on October 25 this year.

“I can confirm to you authoritatively that Adoke has been released from the custody of the Interpol and will arrive Nigeria in any moment.

“He was let off the hook because nothing incriminating was found on him and he has on his own volition opted to come back to Nigeria.

“Adoke is not extradited by the Nigerian government because there is no reason for that. He is coming back to Nigeria to clear his name from the alleged Malabu oil scandal.

“He is innocent of the allegations against him, Adoke has not done anything wrong. He is already airborne and will land in Nigeria this afternoon, today, Thursday.”

Ozekhome had last month at the Abuja High Court during the hearing of a suit he filed against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on November 6 said that the detention of his client is unjustifiable.

Adoke had in the suit prayed the court to strike out his name from earlier charges filed against the Shell Production Limited and nine others by the EFCC.

The anti-corruption commission had in 2017 filed charges against Adoke and the others, in a case marked FCT/HC/CR/124/17, bordering on fraudulent allocation of the Oil Prospecting Licence 245 and other forms of offences involving the sum of about $1.2B forgery of bank documents, bribery and corruption.

The alleged $1.2 billion scam involved the transfer of the OPL 245 purportedly from Malabu Oil and Gas Limited to Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Co. Limited and Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited.

Justice Danladi Senchi, sitting at Jabi, Abuja, had on April 17 issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Adoke and other defendants in the case.

The judge, however, vacated the arrest warrant on October 25 following an application made by Ozekhome before the court to that effect.

Ozekhome had informed the court that the former AGF had filed an application seeking the removal of his name from the charge sheet.

According to him, the application was filed on November 5 but was served on the prosecution by the court bailiff on November 27.

According to Ozekhome: “When Adoke’s warrant of arrest was vacated on October 25, he felt he should go for medical checkup in Dubai. He was arrested there based on the earlier court warrant of arrest.”

The senior advocate informed the court that Adoke protested his arrest by the Interpol, which he said was against Chapter 3 of the Interpol Article since the said warrant had been vacated by the court which initially issued it.

He added that all decent steps to ensure that the former AGF is released by the Interpol had been taken, including writing EFCC, the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, the UAE authorities and Interpol, which had not yielded any result.

Ozekhome declared that, “it is the duty of the AGF to ensure that the rights of every Nigerian citizen are protected.”

The former Minister hinged the prayer, among others, on the fact that he had secured a judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja, against the Attorney-General of the Federation, representing the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in which he was completely exculpated with respect to the facts and circumstances relating to the Malabu Oil scam.

Ozekhome argued that, having been exonerated in the Malabu Oil scandal by Justice Binta Nyako of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, the inclusion of Adoke’s name as a defendant in the criminal case was erroneous.

According to the senior advocate, EFCC concealed the April 13, 2018 judgment by Justice Nyako in which the court held that Adoke could not be held liable for any infraction in the whole Malabu Oil saga for carrying out a presidential directive from the FCT High Court.

This, he noted, was “a gross misstatements, misrepresentation, concealment and suppression of material facts” by the EFCC.

#Newsworthy…

I am not scared of trials in Nigeria – Former AGF, Adoke.

Nigeria’s former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, has said that he is not afraid to stand trial in the country.

Adoke, who is expected to touch down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Thursday afternoon (today) from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, said that he was innocent of all allegations of receiving kickbacks in the controversial $1.1bn Malabu Oil deal under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Following a warrant for his arrest, Adoke was held in Dubai on November 11, 2019 by Interpol and kept in custody for five weeks.

He was made to sign an undertaking for decision to return back to Nigeria to face trial in the charges preferred against him by the Nigerian Government.

Speaking through his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), on Thursday, the former AGF said that he did not act contrary to the dictates of his office while occupying that position.

In a statement on behalf of his client, Ozekhome said, “Nigeria did not have any legal basis or grounds to extradite Adoke back to Nigeria.

“Adoke, based on our legal advice, has therefore decided to break this unnecessary logjam and simulated stalemate that are already causing Nigeria international embarrassment by buying his own ticket to return to Nigeria voluntarily and peaceably, instead of going to another country of his choice.

“While our client is thankful to the Almighty God for seeing him through this unwarranted humiliation despite its debilitating impact on his health, he hereby reiterates, for the umpteenth time, that he is not and has never been afraid to face trail in Nigeria over any perceived role he played in the OPL 245 transaction. He believes he did no wrong.

“The extent of his involvement as chief law officer of the Federation at all times, he insists, involved merely giving out well founded legal advice to the then government of the day regarding the transaction.

“He has repeatedly said that he did not collect one kobo or any sum howsoever, from the oil and gas transaction.

“Indeed, it must be pointed out that two witnesses who have testified at the ongoing trial of the oil companies in Milan, Italy, have both exonerated Mr Adoke.

“He will also voluntarily report to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission upon his arrival in Nigeria, accompanied by some counsel from my chambers.

“Our client remains very confident that he will be vindicated in the court of law and justice at the end of the day, after a free and fair trial, devoid of the usual media trial and conviction in the public space.”

#Newsworthy…