The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Maitama, Abuja, has extended the detention of Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN), the immediate past Attorney-General of the Federation, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for another 14 days.
This was disclosed in a statement by Wilson Uwujaren, Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC, on Thursday.
Justice Othman Musa, who had earlier on December 20, 2019, granted the commission’s request to detain the ex-AGF for initial 14 days pending investigations, renewed the detention order following a fresh ex parte application by the EFCC on Thursday.
The first 14 days lapsed on Thursday.
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However, the anti-graft agency approached the court to ask for permission to detain the ex-AGF further for an additional 14 days.
This, according to the commission, is to give room for further investigation in preparation for his arraignment on charges relating to the Malabu Oil scam.
The EFCC statement quoted the judge as saying 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”.
Adoke, who had been on a self-imposed exile since 2015, returned to Nigeria aboard an Emirates Airlines Flight 785 on December 19 at about 3:40pm.
The ex-AGF is facing charges bordering on alleged abuse of office and money laundering with respect to the granting of the OPL 245 to Shell and ENI filed against him and four others by the EFCC on behalf of the Nigerian Government.
Adoke was initially arrested by Interpol on 11 November in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, based on a warrant issued by a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in April. The warrant was issued after the EFCC filed an application seeking the extradition of the former AGF over the controversial OPL 245 Malabu deal executed by the Federal Government in 2011.
But the order was vacated by the same court in October. However, the EFCC has refused to transmit the vacating order to the international police organisation.
Following the inability to resolve all arising legal matters after a five-week standoff between Adoke and the EFCC, the ex-AGF has decided to return back to the country.
He was whisked away upon his arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, by security operatives to the Abuja office of the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) and later handed over to the EFCC.