- Nigeria's former AGF, Mohammed Bello Adoke, has been reportedly released
- The former AGF was arrested in Dubai five weeks ago following an Interpol red alert which the federal government had issued against him
- It was, however, gathered that Adoke was released after the federal government failed to provide legal justification for his continued detention
A report by Premium Times claims Nigeria’s former attorney-general, Mohammed Bello Adoke, who was arrested by Interpol in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has been released.
The online news medium further reports that Adoke, following his release, has departed for Nigeria.
Legit.ng gathered that Adoke was estimated to arrive Abuja at 3.40 pm local time, having spent five weeks in the custody of the international police.
Recall that the former AGF was arrested in Dubai following an Interpol red alert which the federal government had issued against him.
The Nigerian government, through the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC), is after Adoke over his involvement in the controversial Malabu Oil deal.
Though Adeoke had denied any involvement in the alleged fraud, he had been on self-exile since vacating office in May 2015.
Adoke had also repeatedly cited a court judgment that said he could not be prosecuted for actions he took while in office based on presidential directives.
It was, however, gathered that Adoke was released after the federal government failed to provide legal justification for his continued detention.
The former attorney-general had travelled to the country for medical evaluation after a court warrant for his arrest was vacated in October.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Adoke described his arrest by INTERPOL as illegal and a form of political persecution.
The former AGF wrote the general secretariat of Interpol arguing that his arrest was illegal as it allegedly violated the international police's constitution which forbids it from intervening for political reasons.
He said the Nigerian government’s request to get him arrested “was intended for unlawful and malicious purposes.”
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