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Court Gives EFCC Approval To Detain Adoke For 14 Days

By Hanson Chidozie, Special Correspondent

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday secured the order of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Friday to detain former Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke SAN, for 14 days.

The court gave the order to enable the anti-corruption agency conclude its investigation of allegations made against Mr. Adoke over corruption.

The former chief law officer of the Federation had returned to the country on Thursday after five years in exile, and was promptly arrested on arrival by the EFCC.

It would be recalled that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had in 2017 filed charges against Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company Limited and 10 others, including Adoke and Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited.

EFCC in the suit marked FCT/HC/CR/124/17, accused the defenfants of fraudulently allocating the Oil Prospecting Licence 245 otherwise known as Malabu Oil.

They were also accused of other forms of offences involving the sum of about $1.2billion, forgery of bank documents, bribery and corruption.

The alleged $1.2 billion scam involved the transfer of the OPL 245 purportedly from Malabu Oil and Gas Limited to Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Co. Limited and Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited.

In order to prepare effectively for his prosecution, the Commission consequently approached the FCT court for an order to detain him pending the conclusion of investigation of corruption allegations.

The exparte application was moved by counsel to the EFCC, Fatima Mustapha and was granted by Justice Othman Musa.

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