Newspaper review for Friday, December 20: EFCC to quiz ex-AGF Adoke over Malabu scandal

Newspaper review for Friday, December 20: EFCC to quiz ex-AGF Adoke over Malabu scandal

A former AGF, Mohammed Adoke, was arrested by the EFCC upon his return from Dubai. Details of the arrest occupied the front pages of major Nigerian newspapers on Friday, December 20.

The Nation on its front page focused on the ordeal of the former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Mohammed Bello Adoke, in the hands of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Adoke who was held in the custody of Interpol in Dubai for five weeks returned to Nigeria on Thursday, December 19.

The EFCC took him into custody shortly after returning into the country. The anti-graft commission said the former AGF left Dubai for Nigeria after it mounted pressure.

Adoke is being probed alongside others over $1.06billion Malabu Oil Block (OPL 245) deal.

Meanwhile, the minister of justice and AGF, Abubakar Malami, said the federal government’s anti-corruption efforts were total and not discriminatory.

Newspaper review for Friday, December 20

The front page of The Nation newspaper for Friday, December 20
Source: UGC

Vanguard newspaper also focused on the Adoke saga, reporting that the ex-AGF's passport has been seized by the EFCC and would be quizzed by crack operatives on Malabu.

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The newspaper also reports that AGF Abubakar Malami said he has not been briefed about Adoke’s return to Nigeria.

Newspaper review for Friday, December 20

The front page of Vanguard newspaper for Friday, December 20
Source: UGC

The Adoke saga also occupied the front page of ThisDay newspaper from a slightly different angle.

According to the newspaper, Adoke was deported from Dubai to Nigeria, contrary to the claim by his lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), that his client came on his own volition to Nigeria.

Ozekhome said his client was wrongly detained but was let off upon his undertaking to return to Nigeria to have the issues against him resolved.

Newspaper review for Friday, December 20

The front page of ThisDay newspaper for Friday, December 20
Source: UGC

The Punch newspaper's front page focused on the N37 billion approved by President Muhammadu Buhari for the renovation of the National Assembly.

Amidst criticisms from Nigerians, the newspaper reports that the House of Representatives remained bent on using the humongous amount to renovate the National Assembly complex, saying critics of the project are uninformed.

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However, some civil society groups like the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), berated the lawmakers and vowed to stop the project through legal action.

Newspaper review for Friday, December 20

The front page of The Punch newspaper for Friday, December 20
Source: UGC

The Guardian on its front page focused on the crisis rocking the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

President Muhammadu Buhari insisted that the interim management team of the NDDC will be in charge till the forensic audit is completed.

The president also announced his decision to re-compose the newly appointed board of the NDDC after the forensic audit is completed.

Newspaper review for Friday, December 20

The front page of The Guardian newspaper for Friday, December 20
Source: UGC

The newspaper reports that the president's decision of senators but stakeholders in the Niger Delta described it as illegal and a cover-up plot.

The senators reportedly decided not to disagree with the president saying, he has the right to dissolve even a newly constituted board.

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