A high court in Abuja presided by Justice Othman Musa Friday granted an ex-parte application moved before it by counsel to the economic and financial crimes commission (EFCC), Fatima Mustapha, to detain former attorney general of the federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN for 14 days.
EFCC sought the order to enable it conclude its investigations into allegations of corruption brought against Adoke who arrested at the Abuja airport immediately he returned to the country last Thursday after five years in self-exile.
Adoke and others, including some multinational oil companies, are being accused of offences involving what EFCC termed as fraudulent transactions involving about $1.2 billion, 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.
EFCC told the court that to prepare effectively for Adoke’s prosecution, it needed to detain him pending the outcome of investigations.