Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Maitama has granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) permission to detain the former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, for 14 days.
Justice Othman Musa, today, December 20, granted the request contained in an ex parte application filed and moved by the EFCC’s lawyer, Fatima Mustapha, on Friday.
Mustapha said that the plan to hold Adoke was to enable the commission to complete its investigations of allegations involving the suspect.
Bello Adoke was handed over to the EFCC by International police organisation (INTERPOL) yesterday, December 19 on his arrival from Dubai at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
He is facing charges bordering on alleged abuse of office and money laundering as regards the granting of the Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245 to Shell and ENI.
The EFCC filed the charges against Adoke and four others on behalf of the Nigerian Government.
But since the commission could not produce the defendants in court, it approached a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja on 17 April to secure a warrant of arrest against them.
The request was granted and Adoke was arrested by the police in Dubai in November as confirmed by the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay