Adoke fails to meet bail conditions, remains in EFCC custody

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By Philomina Attah

Abuja – Former Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Mohammed Adoke (SAN), is still in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (), 24 hours after he was granted security bail.

A source at the told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Friday in Abuja that the former justice minister is being detained at the commission’s headquarters in the federal capital.

Acting spokesman of the anti-graft agency, Mr Tony Orilade, confirmed the information, said that Adoke was  still being held because he had fulfilled his bail conditions.

“He has yet fulfill his bail conditions as we speak, hence he still in our custody,” Orilade said, when contacted at 3.55 p.m. on Friday.

On Jan. 23, the arraigned Adoke in an FCT High Court answer 42 charges bordering on alleged fraud in the $1.1 billion Malabu oil deal.

Adoke was arraigned alongside Aliyu Abubakar, Rasky Gbinigie, Malabu oil and Limited, Agip, a subsidiary of Eni, Shell Nigeria Ultra deep Limited, and Shell Nigeria Exploration Company Limited.

He is accused of receiving bribe worth N300 million Aliyu over the deal for OPL 245, a charge he denies.

On Thursday, the presiding judge, Justice Abubakar Kutigi, granted him bail in the sum of N50 million with a surety must have a landed property in the FCT.

Aliyu, is the second defendant, also got a N50 million bail with one surety, while Gbinigie, the third defendant, got a N10 million bail.

All sureties must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court, have landed property in the FCT, and must evidence of tax clearance for the last three years.

The judge also ordered the defendants submit their international passports the court and also sign an undertaking always attend trial sessions.