Adoke released on bail amidst ongoing Malabu Oil scandal

A former attorney-general, Bello Adoke, has been released from the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

This was after he was granted bail by another federal judge in Abuja on Monday, February 10.

It was also gathered that Aliyu Abubakar; a Nigerian businessman charged alongside Adoke, was also released.

The duo had been facing a slew of corruption charges filed by the EFCC; which accused them of benefitting from the controversial $1.1 Malabu Oil deal.

Adoke was granted bail by Binta Nyako, a judge at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court. He was arraigned before the judge on multiple counts of graft. He strongly denied all the allegations.

Adoke’s release by Nyako was also on the same terms as those imposed on him; when he was previously arraigned on January 6 before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Gwagwalada.

Although Adoke met the January 6 bail conditions, the EFCC declined to release him; frustrating him and his lawyers.

To further muddle issues, the EFCC did not issue an official statement; stating why it failed to comply with a court order for Adoke’s release.

They said Adoke was kept in custody to prepare him for additional charges that were to be filed at the Federal High Court.

Even though the Federal High Court and the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory have corresponding judicial authority; they are operated by different tiers of government.

While the Federal High Court is a body directly under the federal judiciary; the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory is the judicial arm of the Federal Capital Territory, the state-like administrative body in charge of the Nigerian capital.

Nyako emphasised the coordinate powers of both courts; while hearing the charges against Adoke and the reason for granting him bail.

She said Adoke’s offenses were bailable and the previous bail terms that he had met at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory were sufficient.

Ng daily

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