Alleged $1.2b oil scam: Judge returns Adoke’s file to chief judge

Alleged $1.2b oil scam: Judge returns Adoke’s file to chief judge

- The case file of a former AGF in Nigeria has been returned to the chief judge for action

- The file was returned by Justice Othman Musa at the resumption of the $1.2 billion Malabu Oil scam hearing

- Justice Musa said because he is a vacation judge and he would not be available to hear the application of Adoke when the order expires

The judge presiding over the trial of a former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mohammed Adoke, has said he will return the case file to the chief judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court.

Justice Othman Musa at the resumption of the $1.2 billion Malabu Oil scam after Adoke had filed a bail application over health challenges on Monday, December 23.

Adoke had upon his return from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, urged the court to grant him bail on self-recognizance after frontloading his medical records as exhibits before the court.

However, the prosecution, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said a claim of ill-health was not a sufficient justification for admitting the former AGF to bail.

The prosecuting counsel, Bala Sanga, also reminded the court that there was an existing order permitting the EFCC to detain Adoke for 14 days - an order which was granted on December 20 and will expire on January 2.

On hearing submission by the parties, the judge said because he is a vacation judge, he would not be available to hear the application when the order expires.

Justice Musa said he would return the case file to the chief judge for further action.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Adoke returned to Nigeria at the instance of the EFCC after a long stay in Dubai.

Upon his arrival, the former AGF was whisked away from the foot of the aircraft by security operatives and taken to the office of Interpol in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city.

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 and ENI.

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