Malabu Oil: Adoke to spend Christmas, New Year in EFCC custody

 

Justice Othman Musa has granted an order on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) motion ex-parte brought through its counsel Ms Fatima Mustapha, seeking to hold the former minister in its custody for 14 days.

By this order, Mohammed Bello Adoke, the former Attorney General and Minister of Justice of Nigeria will be celebrating the Christmas and New Year festivities in the custody of the, after the commission got the nod of the court to detain him for 14 days.

Adoke was picked up on Dec. 19 by the INTERPOL on his arrival from Dubai at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, and handed over to the EFCC.

He returned to the country after five years of self-exile in Dubai

The order was to enable the anti-graft agency to conclude its investigation on Adoke over corruption allegations.

EFCC had in 2017 filed charges against Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company Limited and 10 others, including Adoke and Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited.

EFCC in the suit marked FCT/HC/CR/124/17, accused the defendants of fraudulently allocating the Oil Prospecting Licence 245, otherwise known as Malabu Oil.

They were also accused of other forms of offenses to the tune of about $1.2billion, 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 Company. Limited and Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited.

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