OPL 245: Adoke has questions to answer – EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed that it will prosecute former attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Mohammed Adoke.

In a statement released by its spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, on Thursday evening, the anti-graft said Adoke has pending criminal charges “for alleged abuse of office and money laundering in respect of the granting of the Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245 to Shell and ENI”.

The ant-graft agency added that “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 against  Malabu Oil and Gas Limited, Shell Nigeria Ultra Deep Nigeria Agip Exploration (NAE) and their officials.”

This according to Uwajuren culminate in criminal charges against Adoke, Dan Etete and others, which are pending at both the FCT High Court and the Federal High Court, Abuja.”

He added that Adoke’s return to Nigeria “clears the way for him to answer to the charges against him”.

Adoke was taken into custody by the EFCC when arrived in Nigeria from Dubai at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja”.

Adoke returned to Nigeria on Thursday from Dubai, where he was arrested, after about four years on self-imposed exile.




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