The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday refuted some media reports claiming that the Commission has dropped charges of money laundering against former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke.
The anti-graft agency said that Mr. Adoke was standing trial in two separate courts: Federal High Court, Abuja before Justice Inyang Ekwo in Suit Number: FHC/ABJ/CR/39/2017 and FCT High Court, Gwagwalada before Justice Idris Kutigi in Suit Number: FCT/CR/151/2020.
The agency added Adoke was re- arraigned alongside an Abuja-based businessman, Aliyu Abubakar before Justice Ekwo on June 17, 2020 on a seven-count charge, bordering on money laundering.
The Commission explained that the re-arraignment was occasioned by the transfer of the case from Justice Binta Nyako, before whom he was originally arraigned on February 8, 2020.
The Commission said Adoke was equally arraigned before Justice Kutigi alongside others on January 23, 2020 on 42-count charges bordering on the Malabu Oil scam.
The agency said there was another subsisting case involving Malabu Oil & Gas Limited, Aliyu Abubakar and five companies allegedly involved in money laundering charges before Justice Ekwo. They were arraigned on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in Suit Number: FHC/ABJ/CR/268/2016.
It further stated that media reports about the removal of Adoke’s name from the “Wanted Persons’ List” by the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol), were unnecessary and misleading, since he had been arrested and facing trial already in Nigeria.
It said a suspect could not be on a “Wanted Persons’ List” and be facing trial in court at the same time.
The Commission reiterated its commitment to global best practices in its operations, saying it would not be distracted from its assigned mandate of ridding the nation of all forms of economic and financial crimes.