- Minister of Petroleum Resources
- Buhari-led Federal Government
- Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
- EFCC activities
- Federal Capital Territory in Abuja.
The chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay has confirmed the arrest of former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke. During a courtesy visit to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCG) headquaters, Prof. Sagay said the arrest was the latest achievement in the federal government’s fight against corruption.
Mr. Adoke faces criminal charges relating to suspected abuse of office and money laundering in connection with the awarding of the Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245 to Shell and ENI, brought against him by the Economic & Financial Crimes Commision and four others.
His arrest follows a warrant issued by the EFCC at the high court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja.He added that under the Buhari-led federal government, the flight against corruption is gaining momentum due to the flightback from its beneficiaries.
“The arrest of former Attorney General Adoke in Dubai. It’s a constant thing, so what has been achieved when Nigerians pretend and say what is the difference that this government has brought to the fight against corruption?
There’s no difference, I’m shocked. To me, it’s a warning that the wealthy who were the beneficiaries of bribery are showing patent bad faith.
“They are suffering from the pain of having to earn their living instead of simply collecting easy money where people were building buildings without any sign of employment. There has been a lot of change, and most of this change is the responsibility of the EFCC activities.”
The EFCC had obtained a warrant of arrest on April 17 against Adoke, as well as a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dan Etete, and four others over the OPL 245 scandal.
It filed criminal charges against the defendants but, as a result of their absence from the country, it announced it was difficult for it to serve them the charges or produce them in court.
In October, the court asked the EFCC to serve Mr. Adoke’s criminal charges by replaced means after lifting the defendant’s initial warrant because of their unavailability.