Confusion as Interpol detains ex-Justice Minister, Adoke, in Dubai

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Operatives of the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) have detained the immediate past Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

Adoke was held, according to The Cable, on the strength of a warrant of arrest earlier issued but which had already been vacated

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) high court in Abuja had issued the warrant of arrest against Adoke and four others on April 17, 2019, following a request by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the controversial OPL 245 deal executed by the federal government in 2011.

However, following an application by Adoke’s lawyers, the court, presided over by Justice D. Z. Senchi, vacated the warrant on October 25, 2019, declaring it “null and void and of no effect whatsoever”.

The Cable says that while the first order was sent to Interpol by the Nigerian police, the vacating order was not transmitted, thereby creating confusion for the multinational force.

Adoke, who was said to have arrived in Dubai on Monday, November 11, for a scheduled medical check-up, was quizzed by the Interpol and then taken into custody following the mix-up.

A source close to the development said the police were asking for a certified copy of the vacating order before they could release him and allow him to proceed for his medicals.

It could not immediately be established from where he flew into Dubai,  Different  sources suggested China and Rwanda.

Adoke has been on self-exile since 2015, accusing the EFCC of trying to humiliate him and maintaining that he did no wrong in the OPL 245 affair.

He recently published his memoirs, “Burden Of Service: Reminiscences of Nigeria’s former Attorney-General”, detailing his role in the OPL 245/Malabu Oil deal as well as other events that happened in the Goodluck Jonathan administration, which he served as AGF from 2010 to 2015.

 

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