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Adoke returns to Nigeria and faces corruption charges

Alleged Money Laundering: EFCC rearraigns ex-AGF Adoke
Written by Maritime First

… After being detained by the Interpol, for one month***

The former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke arrived Nigeria from Dubai, and immediately walked into the waiting arms of security agents who had monitored his flight from Dubai, beginning from 8.00am.

The EFCC which confirmed his arrest on its twitter handle on Thursday, also indicated that the ex-AGF left Dubai following pressure from the anti-graft agency.

“The EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, and Dubai authorities have held series of meeting in respect of the former Attorney General. He was accompanied by INTERPOL officers on Emirates Airlines Flight 785.

“The aircraft departed the Emirate 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,” the Commission tweeted.

Meanwhile, counsel to Adoke, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), in a statement on Thursday stated that the ex-minister was arrested moments after the aircraft which he boarded touched down at the Abuja airport.

“He was picked up at the foot of the aircraft by Interpol, refusing anyone access to him.

“He is believed to be on his way to the Interpol office at Area 10, Garki, Abuja,” Ozekhome stated.

The former AGF is facing charges bordering on alleged abuse of office and money laundering with respect to the granting of the Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245 to Shell.

This was what ENI filed against him and four others by the EFCC on behalf of the Nigerian Government.

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Ironically, Mr Adoke had just regained freedom from the International Police, (Interpol) after one month and a week in their custody in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Adoke was arrested on Nov. 11 in Dubai by Interpol immediately he entered the country to seek medical attention.

Interpol said their action was based on an international bench warrant for Adoke’s arrest issued on April 17 by Justice Danladi Senchi of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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

Ozekhome said the former AGF opted to come back to Nigeria to enable him to clear his name in the alleged fraud in OPL 245 otherwise known as Malabu Oil deal.

“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.

Ozekhome said Adoke bought his ticket himself to return to Nigeria because he believed he was innocent of the charges against him.

“He is coming on his own volition, he was not extradited, the Federal Government could not extradite him and would even have no reason to arrest him on his arrival because the order for his arrest has been set aside by Senchi on Oct. 25,” Ozekhome said.

 

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