Adoke to spend Christmas, New Year in custody over role in Malabu Deal

 Adoke to spend Christmas, New Year in custody over role in Malabu Deal

For about six hours yesterday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) grilled a former Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN) over $1.06 billion Malabu Oil Block deal.
The commission also secured an order from the High Court of Federal Capital Territory to detain the former minister for 14 days.

But Adoke’s counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) will on Monday formally apply for bail application from Justice Danlami Senchi of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, who vacated warrant of arrest against Adoke on October 25, 2019.

Ozekhome also faulted the detention of the ex-AGF and warned against the persecution of the former minister.
Findings by our correspondent revealed that Adoke’s interrogation by a team of crack detectives began at about 12.30 pm and was still in progress at about 5.30 pm yesterday.

It was learnt that Adoke was treated with courtesy and allowed access to meals of his choice.
A top source, who spoke in confidence, said: “Since about 12.30 pm, we have been interrogating the ex-AGF on the Malabu Oil Block (OPL 245) deal.

“In fact, he was handled by the team that had been on the Malabu case in the last four to five years.
“So far, in the last five to six hours, Adoke has been making a statement. This is one of the longest sessions we have had with a high-profile suspect.

“His lawyers were also part of the interrogating sessions with Adoke as part of our commitment to fairness and equity.
“We decided to detain him because there are a lot of documents to sieve through and to be clarified by Adoke. There are so many dimensions to this case.”

Responding to a question, the source added: “We have given him a well-deserved treatment for his status as a former Minister of Justice.

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