Alleged $1.09bn Malabu scam: Court remands Adoke, others in EFCC custody


As ex-AGF, others plead not guilty to charges.

Justice Abubakar Kultigi has ordered former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mohammed Adoke and two others standing trial on 42 counts charge over Malabu Oil deal to be remanded in the custody of EFCC pending their bail applications.

The court sitting in Gwagwalada gave the order as the defendants Mohammed Adoke , A.. Aliyu and Rasky Gbinigie pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Prosecution Bala Sanga had told the Court to remand the defendants at Kuje National Correctional Centre.

He had argued that the EFCC facility is filled up.

But counsel to Adoke, Aliyu and Gbinigie urged the court to remand the defendants at EFCC.

Justice Kultigi stood down his ruling for five minutes to enable the lawyers Chief Mike Ozkhome (SAN), Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), Mahmud Magaji (SAN) the 1st, 2nd and 3rd respondents respectively and the prosecution Bala Sanga to agree on the venue to remand the defendants and date for bail applications.

At the resumed hearing Olanipekun formed that subject to the court approval; they have agreed to return to the court on Monday January 27, 2020 for the bail application.

They also agreed that the defendants should be remanded at EFCC custody.

They had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The former justice minister was arrested on December 19 by the EFCC on arrival to the country and has been in its custody since then.

Ot would be recalled that the EFCC had filed criminal charges against Adoke over his alleged indictment in the Oil Propective Licence (OPL) 245.

The former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice was on self exile for four years when the charges were slammed on him by the Federal Government.

The anti-graft agency accused the former justice minister of fraudulently allocating OPL 245.

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