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Adoke Replies EFFC, Says He Didn’t Abscond From Trial

Adoke replies EFFC, says he did not abscond from trial.     

Funsho Akinwale

Muhammed Bello Adoke (SAN), former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), on Sunday, replied the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over claims that he absconded from trial.

Adoke noted that he only travelled abroad for further studies and that he would return home to defend himself.

“How can EFCC say I absconded to Europe? I was already out of the country studying at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands when the persecution started, so how can they say I ran away?

“Was there any pending case against me? I left Nigeria in June 2015 for further studies. Mr. Ibrahim Magu, who is being manipulated to fight me, assumed office in November 2015.

“How then could I have run away from him and his collaborators five months ahead? Did I foreknow that my traducers would put their stooge as EFCC Chairman?

“The most ridiculous aspect of this joke is that the EFCC case of money laundering filed against me over a mortgage account I never operated was not about Malabu,” he said.

EFCC, through its spokesman, Tony Oriade, disclosed that Adoke during his tenure abused his office by granting OPL 245 to Shell and ENI in 2011.

But the former Attorney-General has since dispelled the claim, saying it is ridiculous and Nigerians should ignore.