EFCC Presents Third Witness Against Adoke

A file photo former AGF, Mr Mohammed Adoke. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The trial of former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Muhammed Bello Adoke and Aliyu Abubakar continued on Monday, September 7, 2020, before Justice I.E Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) presenting its third witness, PW3 against the former Minister.

At the resumed hearing on Monday, the second prosecution witness, PW2, Rislanudeen Muhammad told the court during cross-examination that he did not know the second defendant (Aliyu Abubakar), “ Let me state this again, I have never seen the second defendant, I don’t even know him”, he said.

However, Usman Bello, third prosecution witness, a businessman, and bureau de change(BDC) operator, with Gagarimi BDC and Crawnford BDC told the court that he knew the first defendant, Adoke Muhammed.


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When asked “ Do you know the defendant?” the witness said, “Yes, I know him.”

The Prosecution counsel, Bala Sanga later told the witness to identify which of the defendants he knew and the witness said “I know Bello Adoke.

“I have not done any business with him. It was Rislanudeen that called me and told me to come to Abuja.

“When I got to Abuja, we went to the bank, and he gave me some money and I put it into a dollar account and changed it into naira, about N367, 318,800 million (Three Hundred and Sixty-Seven Million, Three Hundred and Eighteen Thousand, Eight Hundred Naira).

“I later transferred some of the accounts. I made the payment thirty-five times,(35 times) because of the existing deposit limits,” he said.

Thereafter the third prosecution witness, PW3 was discharged.

However, Justice I.E Ekwo adjourned the matter for the continuation of hearing of prosecution witness four to Wednesday, 9 September 2020.

The EFCC is prosecuting Adoke on 14-count charges bordering on money laundering to the tune of $6million.

Money Laundering: Trial Of Ex-AGF Stalled, Adjourned Till August 13

A file photo former AGF, Mr Mohammed Adoke. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

The trial of the former Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke has been stalled.

Mr. Adoke’s trial was stalled due to the failure of the prosecutor to serve the defendants with the proof of evidence and statement of the witness.

The former AGF was arraigned today alongside Aliyu Abubakar who is an Abuja based businessman, before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court.

Adoke Pleads Not Guilty

During the last sitting, the defendants pleaded not guilty to a 14-count charge filed against them bordering on money laundering.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had in June filed an additional seven charges against the former AGF over money laundering allegations involving about N400 million.

Mr Adoke’s trial was expected to begin last week but it was stalled due to the amended charges.

The initial charge contained seven counts, with six of them relating to Mr. Adoke.

At the resumed trial, the prosecutor, Bala Sanga, informed the court of an amended charge he filed on July 29 which was served on all the defendants.

The trial judge, Justice Ekwo who frowned at the late filing of the amended charge adjourned the trial on the ground that he is yet to sight the amended charges.

READ ALSO: Former AGF Adoke Pleads Not Guilty To Money Laundering Charges

In the former seven counts, the EFCC alleged that the defendants committed the money laundering offences involving over N400 million in Abuja, in September 2013.

In the counts relating to Mr Adoke, he was accused of among others, receiving the dollar equivalent of N300 million from Abubakar, paying the dollar equivalent of N367,318,800 to one Usman Mohammed Bello, and allegedly using the sum of N300 million, which was alleged to be part of the proceeds of unlawful activities, all in violations of various provisions of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011.

File Photo of former AGF Adoke during one of his trials

 

He was also accused of making “structured cash payments, in 22 tranches” amounting to N80 million, another of such structured payments in 13 tranches summing up to N50 million into his Unity Bank account.

The commission alleged that the funds were not only part of the proceeds of unlawful acts but they also exceeded “thresholds outside a financial institution,” and that the payments were done with the intention of concealing the origins of the funds contrary to Section 15(2(a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011 and punishable under section 15(3) of the same law.

The former AGF was granted bail by the Federal High Court in Abuja on February 10, 2020, in the sum of N50m with one surety in like sum.

The case has been adjourned till August 13, 2020.

Trial Of Ex-AGF Adoke Resumes In Abuja

A file photo former AGF, Mr Mohammed Adoke. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The trial of the former Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke has resumed in Abuja.

The former AGF will be arraigned today alongside Aliyu Abubakar who is an Abuja based businessman, before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court.

During the last sitting, the defendants pleaded not guilty to a 14-count charge filed against them bordering on money laundering.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had in June filed an additional seven charges against the former AGF over money laundering allegations involving about N400 million.

Mr Adoke’s trial was expected to begin last week but it was stalled due to the amended charges.

The initial charge contained seven counts, with six of them relating to Mr. Adoke.

At the resumed trial, the prosecutor, Bala Sanga, informed the court of an amended charge he filed on July 29 which was served on all the defendants.

READ ALSO: Former AGF Adoke Pleads Not Guilty To Money Laundering Charges

The trial judge, Justice Ekwo who frowned at the late filing of the amended charge adjourned the trial on the ground that he is yet to sight the amended charges.

In the former seven counts, the EFCC alleged that the defendants committed the money laundering offences involving over N400 million in Abuja, in September 2013.

In the counts relating to Mr Adoke, he was accused of among others, receiving the dollar equivalent of N300 million from Abubakar, paying the dollar equivalent of N367,318,800 to one Usman Mohammed Bello, and allegedly using the sum of N300 million, which was alleged to be part of the proceeds of unlawful activities, all in violations of various provisions of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011.

He was also accused of making “structured cash payments, in 22 tranches” amounting to N80 million, another of such structured payments in 13 tranches summing up to N50 million into his Unity Bank account.

The commission alleged that the funds were not only part of the proceeds of unlawful acts but they also exceeded “thresholds outside a financial institution,” and that the payments were done with the intention of concealing the origins of the funds contrary to Section 15(2(a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011 and punishable under section 15(3) of the same law.

The former AGF was granted bail by the Federal High Court in Abuja on February 10, 2020, in the sum of N50m with one surety in like sum.

Former AGF Adoke Pleads Not Guilty To Money Laundering Charges

A file photo former AGF, Mr Mohammed Adoke. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The former Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, has pleaded not guilty to the amended charges of money laundering.

Mr. Adoke is being re-arraigned alongside Aliyu Abubakar who is an Abuja based businessman before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

During sitting on Tuesday, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the 14 count charge filed against them.

Amended Charges Against Adoke

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had in June filed an additional seven charges against the former AGF over money laundering allegations involving about N400 million.

File Photo of former AGF Adoke during one of his trials

Mr Adoke’s trial was expected to begin on Monday (yesterday) but it was stalled due to the amended charges.

The initial charge contained seven counts, with six of them relating to Mr. Adoke.

At the resumed trial, the prosecutor, Bala Sanga, informed the court of an amended charge he filed on July 29 which was served on all the defendants.

The trial judge, Justice Ekwo who frowned at the late filing of the amended charge adjourned the trial till Tuesday on the ground that he is yet to sight the amended charges.

In the former seven counts, the EFCC alleged that the defendants committed the money laundering offences involving over N400 million in Abuja in September 2013.

In the counts relating to Mr Adoke, he was accused of among others, receiving the dollar equivalent of N300 million from Abubakar, paying the dollar equivalent of N367,318,800 to one Usman Mohammed Bello, and allegedly using the sum of N300 million, which was alleged to be part of the proceeds of unlawful activities, all in violations of various provisions of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011.

READ ALSO: Alleged Money Laundering: EFCC Files Amended Charges Against Ex- AGF Adoke

The former AGF was also accused of making “structured cash payments, in 22 tranches” amounting to N80 million, another of such structured payments in 13 tranches summing up to N50 million into his Unity Bank account.

The commission alleged that the funds were not only part of the proceeds of unlawful acts but they also exceeded “thresholds outside a financial institution,” and that the payments were done with the intention of concealing the origins of the funds contrary to Section 15(2(a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011 and punishable under section 15(3) of the same law.

He was granted bail by the Federal High Court in Abuja on February 10, 2020, in the sum of N50m with one surety in like sum.

The court has however fixed August 11, 12, and 13 for the trial of the former AGF and Mr. Abubakar.

Alleged Money Laundering: EFCC Files Amended Charges Against Ex- AGF Adoke

A file photo former AGF, Mr Mohammed Adoke. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed an additional seven charges against a former Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Mohammed Adoke, over money laundering allegations involving about N400 million.

The trial of the ex-AGF who was re-arraigned alongside an Abuja-based businessman, MrAliyu Abubakar, before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja on June 17, 2020, was expected to begin on Monday, but it was stalled due to the amended charges.

The initial charge contained seven counts, with six of them relating to Mr Adoke.

At the resumed trial, the prosecutor, Bala Sanga, informed the court of an amended charge he filed on July 29 which was served on all the defendants.

The trial judge, Justice Ekwo who frowned at the late filing of the amended charge adjourned the trial till Tuesday on the ground that he is yet to sight the amended charges.

In the former seven counts, EFCC alleged that the defendants committed the money laundering offences involving over N400 million in Abuja in September 2013.

In the counts relating to Mr Adoke, he was accused of among others, receiving the dollar equivalent of N300 million from Abubakar, paying the dollar equivalent of N367,318,800 to one Usman Mohammed Bello, and allegedly using the sum of N300 million, which was alleged to be part of the proceeds of unlawful activities, all in violations of various provisions of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011.

The former AGF was also accused of making “structured cash payments, in 22 tranches” amounting to N80 million, another of such structured payments in 13 tranches summing up to N50 million into his Unity Bank account.

READ ALSO: Court Grants Ex-AGF, Adoke N50m Bail

The commission alleged that the funds were not only part of the proceeds of unlawful acts but they also exceeded “thresholds outside a financial institution,” and that the payments were done with the intention of concealing the origins of the funds contrary to Section 15(2(a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011 and punishable under section 15(3) of the same law.

He was granted bail by the Federal High Court in Abuja on February 10, 2020, in the sum of N50m with one surety in like sum.

 

Former Attorney General, Mohammed Adoke Re-Arraigned On Fresh Charges

A file photo former AGF, Mr Mohammed Adoke. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Former Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke has been arraigned on fresh charges.

Adoke was arraigned alongside Mr. Aliyu Abubakar.

Both men had earlier been arraigned on a seven-count charge bordering on money laundering, bribery, and abuse of office.

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had granted Adoke bail in the sum of N50m with one surety in like sum after he pleaded not guilty to all charges stemming from his alleged fraudulent involvement in the Malabo oil deal

The former AGF was first arraigned in December 2019 before the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court upon his return to the country from Dubai.

Adoke’s lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, at the last hearing of the case earlier in the year, accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), of holding his client “in permanent custody,” adding “This has further jeopardized his very poor and fragile health.”

Court Grants Ex-AGF, Adoke N50m Bail

 

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday, granted former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke bail in the sum of N50m with one surety in like sum.

Mr Adoke along with his co-defendant, Aliyu Abubakar, were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before Justice Binta Nyako on six fresh charges bordering on money laundering and criminal diversion of funds in the Malabo oil deal.

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They both pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.

The former AGF was first arraigned in December 2019 over his alleged involvement in the Malabu oil scandal before the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court upon his return to the country from Dubai.

Adoke’s lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, accused the anti-graft agency of holding his client “in permanent custody,” adding “This has further jeopardised his very poor and fragile health.”

Court Grants Adoke N50m Bail

 

An Abuja High Court has granted former Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Mohammed Adoke bail in the sum of N50m and one surety.

According to the ruling on Thursday, the surety must be a Nigerian citizen with landed property within the jurisdiction of the court.

The surety must also appear with the defendant throughout the period of trial.

Mr Adoke was asked to deposit his international passport with the Registrar of the court.

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Justice Idris Kutigi who gave the ruling also granted bail to the second defendant, Aliyu Abubakar in the sum of N50m with two sureties who must have landed properties within the jurisdiction of the court.

Abubakar is also to deposit his international passport with the Registrar of the court.

The sitting Judge stressed that any breach of the bail conditions during Abubakar’s trial will lead to immediate revocation.

The sureties are also expected to attend the trial with the defendant.

Similarly, the third defendant, Rasky Gbinigie has been granted bail in the sum of N10m with one surety.

Mr Gbinigie was asked to sign an undertaking not to interfere with the trial or further investigation by the EFCC.

According to the court’s ruling on Thursday, Mr Gbinigie’s surety must produce his/her three years tax clearance certificate.

Adoke’s Bail Application Suffers Setback As Judge Returns Case File

 

The bail application filed by a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke on Tuesday suffered a setback as the vacation judge, Justice Othman Musa returned the case file to the Chief Judge of the FCT for reassignment.

Justice Musa returned the case file following an application for bail by the counsel representing the former AGF.

He applied for an adjournment to enable him respond to the counter affidavit filed by the EFCC challenging the application.

In a short ruling on the propriety of granting the adjournment, Justice Musa explained  that the vacation period of the court ends on the 3rd of January and in view of that, he is returning the case file to the Chief Judge of the FCT.

The EFCC had filed criminal charges against Mr Adoke over his role in the Malabu Oil scandal before Justice Danlami Senchi also of the FCT High Court sitting at Jabi.

Court Orders Remand Of Former AGF Adoke For 14 Days

 

A Federal Capital Territory High Court has granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), 14 days to detain former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr Mohammed Adoke, to complete investigation.

Mr Adoke was handed over to the EFCC by International Police Organisation (INTERPOL) on Thursday and taken into custody for his alleged involvement in the granting of the Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245 to Shell and ENI.

Justice Othman Musa of the FCT High Court Bwari sitting as a vacation judge gave the order as prayed by the EFCC’s counsel, Fatima Mustapha, to further detain the immediate past AGF for 14 days to enable it to conclude its investigations.

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EFCC Detains Adoke Over Malabu Oil Scandal

The anti-graft agency had sought a request from the Court in Abuja on April 17 to secure a warrant of arrest against Adoke and four others, after attempts to produce the defendants in court failed.

The court granted the request by the EFCC, leading to Adoke’s arrest by the police in Dubai in November.

His arrest was confirmed by the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay, during a courtesy visit to the EFCC headquarters.

See the court papers below:

EFCC Asks Court to Dismiss Adoke, Others’ Application to Set Aside Arrest Warrant

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has asked an Abuja High Court to dismiss an application brought by the former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, seeking an order to vacate a warrant of arrest order issued against him and five others in April 2019 by Justice Danlami Senchi.

Others are former Minister for Petroleum Resources Dan Etete, Ralph Wetzels, Casula Roberto, Pujjato Stefano and Burrato Sebastiano.

READ ALSO: Malabu Oil Scandal: Adoke Asks Court To Set Aside Order Of Arrest

The defendants are being charged for alleged fraudulent allocation of Oil Prospecting Licence, OPL 245 and OPL 214, and conspiracy, money laundering to the tune of $1.2billion, forging of bank accounts, bribery and corruption against Malabu oil and Gas Limited, Shell Nigeria Ultra deep (SNUD), Nigeria Agip Exploration (NAE).

Justice Senchi had on April 17, 2019, ordered the arrest warrant for failure of the defendants to appear before the court to answer charges preferred against them by the anti-graft agency.

At the resumed hearing of the case, Counsels to the defendants challenged the jurisdiction of the court on the ground that they have not been duly served.

They, therefore, urged the court to uphold the application of the defendants to set aside the bench warrant.

The prosecution counsel, Aliyu Yusuf, while responding on the issues raised by the defence, queried them on how they got to know about the charges. He referred to Section 113 of the ACJA 2015, which empowers a court to issue summons or arrest warrant to compel the appearance of a suspect accused of having committed an offence in any place whether within or outside Nigeria, in a state or in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

After listening to all the counsels, Justice Senchi told the counsels that a new date will be communicated to give a ruling on the application.

Malabu Oil Scandal: Adoke Asks Court To Set Aside Order Of Arrest

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Former Minister of Justice, Mr Mohammed Adoke, has asked a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory to set aside its earlier order issued for his arrest over his alleged involvement in deals regarding the sale of Malabu oil.

Justice Danlami Senchi had on April 17, 2019, issued an order for the arrest of Mr Adoke, a former Minister of Petroleum, Dan Etete and four others over their complicity in the Malabu oil scam.

The others are Raph Wetzels, Casula Roberto, Pujato Stefeno, and Burrato Sebastiano.

The bench warrant for the arrest of the defendants was a sequel to an exparte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for their arrest.

But Adoke in a motion exparte filed on April 23, 2019, by his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, asked the court to set aside the order for his arrest on grounds that the court was misled in the first place in issuing the order by the Federal government (plaintiff) in the other suit.

The motion with number M/5494/19 is also praying the court to strike out the name of Adoke as a defendant in the suit by the Federal government against Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company Limited and 10 others.

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Mr Ozekhome in the exparte submitted that the order for Adoke’s arrest was issued in breach of his right to fair hearing as guaranteed by the constitution, adding that Adoke was neither served with the charge sheet and proof of evidence, or any other summons in respect of the criminal charge pending before the court.

In addition, the senior lawyer submitted that the warrant for the former AGF’s arrest was issued without jurisdiction and ought to be set aside.

Similarly the 5th,6th and 7th  defendant Mr Casula Roberto, Pujatti Stefeno and Burrafato Sébastino, all Italians have also filed a motion to stop the order.

According to them, the court was also misled by the EFCC to obtain the order and that, before a bench warrant can be issued, a key requirement is the service of information and summons which was not made in this case.

Meanwhile, the other defendants Mr Casula, Mr Pujatti and Mr Burrafato, have also filed a motion to stop the order.