- A high court in the FCT has ordered the IGP to immediately arrest Dan Etete, former petroleum minister
- The ordered arrest is in connection with Etete's alleged involvement in the Malabu oil scam
- The presiding judge ordered the police to present Etete before the court upon his arrest
Justice Idris Kutigi of the FCT high court has ordered the arrest of former minister of petroleum, Dan Etete, over his alleged involvement in the Malabu Oil scam.
Channels TV reports that Etete's prosecutor had told the court that arresting the former minister is a key step to uncovering the truth about the oil fraud.
The presiding judge granted the request and ordered the police to arrest Etete and present him before the court.
In a similar development, the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday, January 30, granted former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Mohammed Adoke, N50 million bail.
Adoke is standing trial over a 42-count charge of money laundering related to the $1.2 billion Malabu oil deal.
Two of the former AGF's co-defendants, Aliyu Abubakar and Rasky Gbinigie, charged with offences linked to the same controversial oil scam got similar verdicts.
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that Adoke had returned to the country on the instance of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Adoke’s aircraft touched down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja at about 3.40pm on Thursday, December 19.
The EFCC filed the charges against the former minister and four others on behalf of the Nigerian government after arresting him on arrival from Dubai.
Meanwhile, An aide to President Muhammadu Buhari has accused a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo and an ex-minister of education, Obiageli Ezekwesili, of influencing the recent corruption ranking of Nigeria by Transparency International.
Laureta Onochie in a Twitter post through her handle described Obasanjo and Ezekwesili as two angry birds who founded the Transparency International.
Onochie urged Nigerians not to listen to the duo with their perceived bias of the President Buhari-led administration.
She also said that it is not necessary to lose sleep over the ratings of Transparency International but to discard the TI report.
However, some Nigerians in their reactions on social media have criticized the current government for being corrupt like all other past governments.
The TI report ranked Nigeria as the fourth most corrupt country in West Africa in its 2019 corruption perception index published.
The report showed that Nigeria is now ranked 146 out of the 180 countries considered.
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