After nearly five years of struggling in vain to pin him down to face trial over alleged receipt of $801.5 million bribe from three international oil companies in relation to the grant of Oil Prospecting License to Malabu Oil and Gas Limited, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission appears to be getting close to bringing the former Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, to have his day in court in the country.
The anti-graft agency, Vanguard learnt is cashing in on the arrest and detention of Adoki by International Criminal Police Organization, widely known as INTERPOL, in Dubai, one of the most visited cities in the United Arap Emirates, following the arrest warrant issued against him by the Federal Capital Territory High Court on request of the EFCC.
This comes, as the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has refused to comment on the development, saying that he had not been briefed officially on the matter as required by conventions and processes.
A top official of the EFCC confirmed to Vanguard last night that the commission had on learning of the arrest of the former minister took advantage of the development to move for his immediate extradition to the country to face prosecution, which he had been dodging in the last five years.
The senior official, who pleaded anonymity, said that in a bid to ensure that Adoke would not plead that there was no charge against him, having been living in self-imposed exile in Europe since leaving office and dodging service of the charges, the EFCC had served him through the INTERPOL.
The official said: “We have already scanned and dispatched the charges against Mohammed Adoke and others on our list to the INTERPOL, which is keeping him in Dubai. We are moving fast to get him extradited to face trail in Nigeria, something he has been dodging in the last five years.
“We are doing this because we have a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the UAE and other countries around the world to send a very strong message to those who looted this country and are now flaunting illegal wealth that there is no hiding place anywhere for them.
Vanguard gathered that apart from obtaining an arrest warrant against Adoke and nine others in relation to the OPL 245 deal worth $1.3 billion, which was allegedly facilitated by Adoke and others in 2011, the EFCC also filed charges against him and three oil firms in the country