Sagay Confirms Arrest Of Adoke In Dubai

 

The chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay has confirmed the arrest of former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke.

Prof Sagay during a courtesy visit to the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said the arrest is the latest success in the fight against corruption under the federal government.

Mr. Adoke is facing criminal charges bordering on alleged abuse of office and money laundering with respect to the granting of the Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245 to Shell and ENI, brought against him and four others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

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His arrest follows a warrant issued by a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja requested by the EFCC.

He added that the fight against corruption is gaining momentum under the Buhari-led Federal Government due to the fightback from its beneficiaries.

“The former attorney General Adoke has been arrested in Dubai. It’s a continuous thing, so when Nigerians pretend and say what is the difference this government has brought into the fight against corruption, what has been achieved? There is no difference, it amazes me. For me, it’s a sign of patent bad faith being expressed by the elite who were the beneficiaries of corruption.

“They are undergoing the pains of having to earn their living, rather than simply collecting easy money where people were building edifices without any sign of employment of any sort. There has been a lot of change and the EFCC activities are responsible for most of this change.”

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The EFCC had obtained a warrant of arrest on April 17 against Adoke, as well as a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dan Etete, and four others over the OPL 245 scandal.

It filed criminal charges against the defendants but decried it had been difficult for it to serve them the charges or produce them in court as a result of their absence from the country.

The court asked the EFCC in October, to serve the criminal charges to Mr. Adoke by substituted means, after lifting the initial warrant against the defendant due to their unavailability.

OPL 245: EFCC To Serve Adoke, Etete By Substituted Means

(FILE) Mohammed Adoke

 

 

The Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Jabi has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to serve the criminal charges of alleged abuse of office and money laundering in respect of the granting of the Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245 to Shell and ENI, brought against a former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, and others by substituted means.

EFCC’s head of media and publicity, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.

According to him, Justice Danlami Senchi gave the order in a ruling on Friday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Justice Senchi lifted the arrest warrant earlier issued against the defendants and ruled that it would be reissued after the prosecution has served them by substituted means due to their unavailability.

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The EFCC had obtained a warrant of arrest on April 17 against Adoke, as well as a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dan Etete, and four others over the OPL 245 scandal.

It filed criminal charges against the defendants but decried it has been difficult for it to serve them the charges or produce them in court as a result of their absence from the country.

The situation forced the anti-graft agency to apply for a warrant of arrest against them, which was granted by the court, empowering the Nigeria Police Force and Interpol to arrest them anywhere they were seen.

 

Endless Adjournments?

EFCC also said it has been difficult to execute the warrant as the defendants allegedly remained in hiding in foreign locations, leaving the court to contend with endless adjournments in the matter.

Thereafter, the defendants through their counsel went to court and asked that the warrant be set aside, based on the fact that the EFCC has so far not served them any charges.

Justice Senchi obliged them, saying the application was meritorious.

He had stated that the EFCC ought to have served the charges to the defendants before applying for the arrest warrant that was granted to it.

The trial judge further ruled that the arrest warrant would be reissued against the defendants if they refused to show up in court after they have been served and upon a new application by the EFCC.

He, however, stated that the EFCC ought to have informed the court that it could not trace the defendants so as to serve them the charges.

Justice Senchi added that the court would have authorised the commission to serve the defendants by substituted means, which may be by a newspaper advertisement or through their legal representatives when they were in court.

Following the pronouncements, the prosecuting counsel, Aliyu Yusuf, informed the court that the EFCC would apply to serve the defendants, through their legal representatives.

He said, “As we cannot serve them because they are at large, we will write an application for leave of court, permitting us to serve the accused through their lawyers and if after adjournment they did not show up, we will still ask the court for a warrant of arrest.”

The administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo had revoked the OPL 245, which the late General Sani Abacha granted Etete who was his Petroleum Minister and reassigned it to Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company.

But Malabu Oil and Gas was said to have reclaimed the oil block in 2006 through the court while Shell challenged the decision.

The EFCC claimed that fraudulent settlement and resolution ensued, allowing Shell and Eni to buy the oil block from Malabu in the sum of $1.1billion.

It said investigations into the deal revealed crimes that border on conspiracy, forgery of bank documents, bribery, corruption and money laundering to the tune of over $1.2 billion.

Court Orders Arrest Of Dan Etete, Adoke, Others Over Malabu Oil Deal

 

A Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Jabi has ordered the arrest of Dan Etete, a former Minister of Petroleum, Mohammed Adoke, a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation and four others who were allegedly implicated in the Malabu Oil scandal.

According to a statement by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the warrant of arrest was issued by Justice D.Z. Senchi on Wednesday after they failed to appear to face charges related to the scandal.

The statement said that all the defendants declared wanted have repeatedly failed to appear before the court.

The EFCC had through its counsel, Aliyu Yusuf, brought a motion ex parte praying the court for a warrant of their arrest, and an order for leave to execute the warrant outside of the jurisdiction of the court.#

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The proceedings on Wednesday had Justice Senchi, grant the prayers of the EFCC, and ruled that the Nigeria Police, the INTERPOL and any other law enforcement agency should arrest them anywhere they were found including outside jurisdiction of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) High Court.

The EFCC had since 2017 pressed charges against Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Co. Ltd, Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited, Eni Spa, Raph Wetzels, Casula Roberto, Pujato Stefeno, Burrato Sebastiano, Duazia Louya Etete (aka Dan Etete), Mohammed Bello Adoke, Aliyu Abubakar and Malabu Oil & Gas Limited.

The matter was adjourned to July 11, 2019, for further hearing.

EFCC Raids Adoke’s Kano Home For Documents

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), has allegedly raided the Kano home of a former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke in search of “vital documents”.

Sources revealed that the documents, could help the security agencies in establishing a solid case against Adoke, who has already been charged along with eight others over the $1.3 billion controversial Malabu Oil payout.

The Federal Government through the EFCC, had accused Adoke of spearheading the huge payment of $1.3 billion to Malabu, influential individuals and their firms under the guise of settling the protracted legal tussle over the ownership of the lucrative oil block, OPL 245.

While the EFCC operatives reportedly stormed the Kano residence of the former minister, located at No. 3 Alu Avenue, Nasarawa GRA in the early hours of Wednesday, reports say nothing incriminating was found at the end of the operation.

FG Seeks Arrest Warrant On Fmr AGF, Adoke

The Federal Government is seeking an arrest warrant on a former Attorney
General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke.

This request was presented by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) which today charged the former Attorney General, with illegal transfer of more than 800 million Dollars for the purchase of Oil Prospecting License, OPL, 245 to a former Minister of Petroleum, Don Etete and Malabu Oil.

At the commencement of trial at the Federal High Court in Abuja, the EFCC informed Justice John Tsoho of an application for a warrant of arrest of the former AGF, seeking an advice on whether the application could be made orally or by way of a motion.

Justice Tsoho however refused to grant the arrest warrant, saying it would not be proper to do as the defendant was not before the court.

The counsel to the EFCC, Johnson Ojogbane said he asked for a long judgment to enable him bring the defendants before the court, adding that he intends to also amend the charges.

The Federal Government is embroiled in a legal tussle over the ownership of OPL 245, which claims was transferred to international oil giants, Shell and ENI in questionable circumstance.

Court Orders Forfeiture Of Malabu Oil To FG

In January 2017, Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, had ordered an interim forfeiture of oil prospecting licence 245, otherwise known as Malabu oil.

The order, according to him, would last pending the conclusion of investigation and prosecution of Shell Nigeria Ultra Deep Ltd, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd, Nigerian Agip Exploration Ltd, Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd and other individuals named in connection with the act of conspiracy, bribery, official corruption and money laundering.

Justice Tsoho, who gave the order, also ordered the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), to manage the oil processing licence of OPL 245, on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), told the court that it has taken steps in the interest of the public in view of the crimes and fraud against the Federal government of Nigeria.

Malabu Oil: Court Vacates Forfeiture Order On OPL 245

But in March 2017, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja set aside its orders made on January 26, 2017 for a temporary forfeiture of Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245, to the Federal Government pending the conclusion of investigations by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Ruling on an application filed by the EFCC, Justice John Tsoho, upheld the application filed by Nigerian Agip Oil Exploration and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited, challenging the order of forfeiture.

Justice Tsoho held that the orders for forfeiture was initially made, based on the ex-parte application filed by the EFCC which was irregularly filed.

OPL 245 is regarded as one of Nigeria’s richest oil blocks and estimated to contain over 9 billion barrels of crude oil.

EFCC Files Charges Against Shell, Eni, Nine Others

EFCCThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed a three-count charge of conspiracy and corruption against two multinational oil firms, Shell and Eni, for their roles in the alleged Malabu $1.1 billion scandal.

Nine others were also charged along with the two multinational companies before an FCT High Court in Abuja on Thursday.

Those charged alongside Shell and Eni are a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, and a former Minister of Petroleum, Dan Etete, as well as a businessman Aliyu Abubakar.

In the first count of the charge, Shell Nigeria, Nigeria AGIP Exploration Ltd., Eni S.p.A, a former Director of SNEPCO, Ralph Wetzels, two Italians who are former directors in AGIP, Casula Roberto and Burrafato Sebastiano, Douzia Louya Etete popularly known as Dan Etete, Mohammed Adoke, Aliyu Abubakar and Malabu Oil & Gas Ltd. allegedly conspired sometime in 2011 to commit an offence of official corruption.

In the charge sheet signed by Jonson Ojogbane for the EFCC, the offence was said to be contrary to Section 26 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act of 2000 and punishable under Section 12 of the same act.

In the second charge, Dan Etete, Mohammed Adoke, Aliyu Abubakar and Malabu Oil & Gas were alleged to have corruptly received the sum of eight hundred and one (801) million dollars in respect of OPL 245 from Shell Nigeria, Nigeria Agip Exploration Ltd. and Eni S.p.A.

The new charges were said to be part of an international collaboration to ensure that all those who partook in the alleged $1.1 billion OPL 245 scandal were brought to justice.

The OPL 245 oil block is currently owned by the Nigerian Government after a temporary court order granted on the basis of an EFCC application.

Shell and Eni have since appealed the order asking that the block be returned to them.

Nigeria’s Attorney General Presents Administration Of Criminal Justice Act

Adoke on Criminal Justice ActNigeria’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation has presented the Administration of Criminal Justice Act to the public.

The Act presented on Tuesday came 10 years after the conception of a law to harmonise the administration of criminal justice.

Mr Mohammed Adoke said the law, which was passed by the National Assembly in May and approved by President Goodluck Jonathan, is in fulfillment of the reform agenda of the current administration and a response to the justice sector and Nigerians for better laws.

He said the new laws would bring Nigeria closer to global best practices in the administration of criminal justice.

The need to reform the administration of criminal justice in Nigeria was conceived in 2003. More than a decade after, the law is now a reality.

It is for this reason that the members of the bar, bench and politicians gathered on Tuesday to celebrate the public presentation of the laws.

Before the presentation, Mr Adoke explained that the new laws, as expected, would enhance criminal justice delivery in Nigeria.

Speaking on behalf of the Nigerian Bar Association, the Secretary General of the association, Afam Okeke, stressed the need for mechanisms to be put in place to ensure that the law works.

A representative of the Nigeria Prison Service commended the development.

The laws are as good as they should be on paper, but remain to be seen if they would be translated into action in a nation that has a history of poor implementation of laws and policies.

Kashamu’s Lawyer Moves To Stop Arrest

KashamuSupporters of Ogun State Senator-Elect, Buruji Kashamu have staged a protest at the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

They carried placards bearing different inscriptions, all to the effect that he was being hounded illegally.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, had laid siege on his house last week Saturday and placed him under house arrest.

The Spokesman of the agency, Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju had told Channels Television that Mr Kashamu would be brought before the court this morning for the commencement of the extradition proceedings against.

The NDLEA, however, failed to produce the Senator-elect in court as his lawyers demanded to see the arrest warrant on1 which authority the agency was acting. The agency could not provide one.

Channels TV’s judiciary correspondent, Shola Soyele who was at the Federal High Court, confirmed from the courts registry that there was no case against Mr Kashamu slated for hearing.

After waiting for the NDLEA to produce a warrant without success, Mr Kashamu’s lawyer, Ajibola Oluyede filed a contempt application against the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Mohammed Adoke and the Chairman of the NDLEA, Mr Ahmadu Giade.

The matter was heard exparte in chambers and not in the open court.

At the end of the hearing, Mr Kashamu’s lawyer told journalists that the court has summoned the AGF and the NDLEA Chairman.

Attorney-General Rules Out Interim Government In Nigeria

Interim GovernmentThe Federal Government has reacted to calls by Nigerians for the constitution of an Interim National Government to midwife the 2015 general elections to usher in a new democratic government.

The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, made the position of the Nigerian Government known in a press release on Thursday.

He said that while the Federal Government recognizes and appreciates the inalienable right of Nigerians to freely express themselves and proffer solutions to perceived national challenges, the government is concerned that Nigerians are being unwittingly led to believe that a prescription such as an interim national government can be adopted as viable solution to the nation’s challenges.

He refereed to the idea of an interim government as being totally alien to the constitution.

According to him, “For avoidance of doubt, it is pertinent to state that the framers of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, did not envisage the constitution of interim national government to superintend over the affairs of government.

“It is therefore not surprising to observe that no provision for interim national government was made in the constitution.”

He enjoined Nigerians to continue to rely on the constitution, which contains adequate provisions on how the democratic process can be activated, to elect their leaders from time to time as the contraption called “interim national government” remains alien to Nigeria’s constitutional framework.

He added that the arrangement should not be promoted by well-meaning Nigerians under any guise or circumstance.

Court Declines FG’s Request To Order Arrest Of Coca-Cola Chiefs

EkitiA request made by the Nigerian Government to a Federal High Court in Abuja for an order to arrest two Chief Executive Officers of the Coca-cola Nigeria and the Nigerian Bottling Company in order to put them on trial for criminal matters has been declined by the court .

The presiding judge, Justice Elvis Chukwu, however, granted the application for a substituted service on the accused persons for them to appear in court at the next adjourned date.

The two accused persons are  Chief Adeola Adetunji and Mr Ben Langat, the Managing Directors of Coca-Cola Nigeria LTD and Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) respectively.

Former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Bayo Ojo moved the motion for the arrest of the two accused persons following their absence in court to answer criminal charges on issues bordering on alleged quality of their products.

The former minister, who is billed to prosecute the two accused persons along with their companies on behalf of Federal Government, told Justice Elvis Chukwu that the absence of the two men was a disobedience and disrespect for court.

He informed the court that Coca-cola Nigeria and the Nigerian Bottling Companies have been served with criminal charges while their Chief Executives were allegedly evading service. He then applied for substituted service on the accused persons in order to compel their attendance in court.

The judge adjourned the matter till Monday, November 10, for the accused persons to be served with criminal charges that would be pasted in their offices or company premises.

Meanwhile, the accused have also filed a preliminary objection against their trial and the appearance of Mister Bayo Ojo as prosecution.

The Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Mohammed Adoke, had last week filed a one-count charge against NBC and its Managing Director and a two-count charge against Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited and its Chief Executive for  violation of product quality standard under the consumer protection council act

FG Reaffirms Commitment To Rescue Abducted Girls

Women-protest-Chibok-girls-abductionThe federal government has reaffirmed its commitment to rescue the abducted girls from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state.

The Attorney General of the federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Mohammed Adoke, at the National Executive Committee meeting of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), said the government has resolved to confront the Islamic sect, Boko Haram headlong.

He advised lawyers and other Nigerians to team up with the government to end all acts of terrorism in the country.

The attorney general also reeled out efforts put in place by the government to curb insurgency in the country.

The Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory, Justice Ibrahim Bukar, also advised delegates to arrest the declining standards in the legal profession just as the Minister of State for FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide, stressed the need for lawyers to promote the rule of law.

The issues on insecurity dominated discussions as the president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Okey Wali, and Chairman of the FCT chapter, Desmond Yamah, appealed to the government to brace up to its responsibility of guaranteeing the security of lives and property.

The two day National Executive Meeting is expected to among other things provide guidelines for the election of a new National Executive for the Association.

Fighting Insecurity: Jonathan Meets With Governors, Security Chiefs

GEJ2The expanded meeting convened by the Federal Government to look at security situation in Nigeria has kicked off in the Presidential Villa with President Goodluck Jonathan presiding.

The meeting which has a fuller house as against what happened a week before, has many of the governors from the opposition parties present.

The President of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs in Nigeria and the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, as well as the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor are also attending the meeting.

Twenty-four governors are in attendance while the governors of Jigawa, Imo, Oyo, Rivers, Kano, Ogun, Plateau, Edo and Yobe are being represented by their deputies.

The security chiefs in attendance are; the Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force, as well as the Inspector-General of Police, the Comptrollers-General of Customs and  Immigration, Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps and the Commandant-General of the  Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp.

The Interior Minister, Mr. Abba Moro, Minister of Defence, General Aliyu Gusau, the Minister of Police Affairs, Mr. Abduljelil Adesiyan, the  Foreign Affairs Minister,  Viola Onwuleri, Agriculture Minister,  Akinwunmi Adeshina and the  Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, are also present.

The expanded National Security Council meeting was summoned by President Jonathan following the bombing in Nyanya, Abuja and the abduction of over one hundred female students from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno.