Malabu Oil Scam: FG Seeks Warrant of Arrest for Adoke

The Federal Government on Monday approached the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, to seek guidance on whether to issue an arrest warrant against the former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke over his alleged complicity in the $1.1bn Malabu Oil scam.
Counsel to the Federal government, Johnson Ojogbane, Monday, told the court that the Federal Government is experiencing some difficulties in serving Adoke since he is outside the jurisdiction of the court.
“I would like to request for a warrant of arrest of the first defendant. I will appreciate if my lord will guide me because I actually wanted to make an application for a warrant of arrest. I also want the court to guide me on whether i can do that orally or come by way of a motion.
“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, has the power to arrest anybody anywhere but when the person is not within the jurisdiction of the court, (outside the country) it becomes difficult” Ojogbane said .
The counsel noted that if the order seeking to arrest Adoke is granted, it will become easier for security agents to liase with the International Police (InterPol) to initiate extradition moves.
Responding, the trial Judge, Justice John Tsoho told the Federal Government to make a proper application before the court as such applications are not done orally.
He said that if Adoke was already arraigned before the court and was attempting to escape, it would have been proper to issue such a warrant.
“Once a person has been arraigned before a court and is attempting to escape, then it becomes necessary to issue a warrant of arrest; but in this case, Adoke has not been arraigned before this court. The matter is still at the investigative stage so such an order is not necessary”, Justice Tsoho held and adjourned till June 13 for arraignment.
It will be recalled that the EFCC had in December 2016, charged nine suspects, including the former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Mohammed Adoke, over the issue.
Adoke was accused of illegally transferring more than $800m purportedly meant for the purchase of the OPL 245 to Etete and Malabu Oil.
The Federal Government had also on March 2, 2017, filed fresh charges against two multinational oil firms, Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company Limited and Agip Nigeria Exploration Limited, for alleged complicity in the Malabu $1.1 billion scandal.
Others charged along-side the two oil giants are former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke; former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Chief Dan Etete; Aliyu Abubakar, ENI SPA,
Ralph Wetzels, Casula Roberto, Pujatti Stefeno, Burrafati Sebestiano and Malabu Oil and Gas Limited.

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