- A court in Abuja grants an application for EFCC to detain a former attorney-general of the federation, Mohammed Adoke, for another 14 days
- EFCC discloses in a statement that the fresh application was granted by Justice Musa in preparation for Adoke’s arraignment
- The anti-graft agency says the judge stated that the extension of Adoke's remand for another 14 days for the purpose of his arraignment in court was necessary
A former attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Mohammed Adoke, is to spend another 14 days in the detention of the EFCC following an order by the Federal High Court in Abuja
The court order is sequel to an earlier order by Justice Othman Musa on December 20, which granted the EFCC an initial 14 days to detain Adoke in order for the agency to complete investigation on him.
Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesperson for the EFCC, disclosed in a statement that the fresh application was granted by Justice Musa in preparatory to Adoke’s arraignment, Channels TV report.
The spokesperson disclosed that when granting the application, the judge said that the extension of the remand of the Adoke for another 14 days for the purpose of his arraignment in court was necessary.
Legit.ng had reported that the former attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice was on Thursday, December, 19, handed over to the EFCC by International Police Organisation (INTERPOL) over his alleged involvement in the granting of the Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245 to Shell and ENI.
Meanwhile, the judge presiding over the trial of Mohammed Adoke had said he would 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 EFCC said a claim of ill-health was not a sufficient justification for admitting the former AGF to bail.
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.
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