- Mike Ozekhome, a lawyer to a former Attorney General of the Federation has said his client is being persecuted
- Ozekhome said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has failed to honour the bail conditions granted to Mohammed Adoke
- The lawyer said the EFCC has rushed his client to the FMC in Abuja due to his failing health condition
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has allegedly moved a former minister of justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, to the Federal Medical Centre in Abuja.
The disclosure was made by a counsel to Adoke, Mike Ozekhome on Thursday, February 6.
The Cable reports that Ozekhome in a statement said the commission has refused to release the former AGF despite meeting the bail condition handed to him by a Federal High Court in Abuja on January 30.
Ozekhome said the court took cognisance of his client’s poor health before granting him bail but the commission has continued to detain his client - amounting to persecution and not prosecution.
Noting that Adoke's health has continued to deteriorate, Ozekhome said his client is down with malaria, typhoid and blistered lips and sore throat despite the initial spinal cord and back pain he suffers.
"This has forced the EFCC to hurriedly transfer him to the Federal Medical Centre, Airport Road, Abuja,” Ozekhome said.
He said by refusing to obey the order of the court, the EFCC “is now constituting itself into an appellate court or tribunal over court decisions."
He said it is despicable that a former AGF of the country could be so shabbily ill-treated with such brazen disrespect to his humanity and dignity for his person, over alleged infractions, the infractions of which a competent court of law had clearly exonerated him in a landmark decision.
“We humbly appeal most earnestly, to the EFCC, to respect a valid court order, by releasing Mr Bello Adoke, SAN, forthwith, from his illegal, unlawful wrongful, and unconstitutional detention," Ozekhome added.
The former minister was said to have been whisked away by operatives of the EFCC as his aircraft touched down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
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