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EFCC drops charges against ex-AGF, Adoke, says ‘no evidence’

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said
it does not have evidence to support its charges of fraud, bribery and
conspiracy against former attorney-general of the federation, Mohammed Bello
Adoke.

 

In its response to the no-case submission filed by Adoke,
who was listed as the first defendant in the charges all related to the OPL 245
transaction of 2011, the EFCC informed the FCT high court that it would not oppose
the application.

 

The anti-graft agency also stated that it would not oppose
the no-case applications by the other defendants, Aliyu Abubakar, Rasky
Gbinigie (Malabu Oil & Gas Ltd company secretary), Malabu Oil & Gas
Ltd, Nigeria Agip Exploration Ltd, Shell Ultra Deep Nigeria Ltd, and Shell
Nigeria Exploration Production Company Ltd (SNEPCo), over some of the charges.

 

The EFCC, however, said that Gbinigie has a case to answer
over the alleged forgery of company documents to remove the name of Mohammed
Abacha as a director of Malabu Oil & Gas.

 

Recall that the EFCC had charged Adoke before
the FCT high court, Abuja, alleging that he collected a gratification of N300
million from Abubakar over the OPL 245 resolution.

 

Adoke was amongst others accused of conspiring with other
defendants to “commit the offence of public servant disobeying direction of law
with intent to cause injury or to save a person from punishment or property
from forfeiture”.

 

However, Adoke denied all allegations, maintaining that the
N300 million being classified as bribery by the EFCC was a mortgage he took
from Unity Bank Plc in 2012.

 

He said it was transferred by the bank directly
to the account of Abubakar, a property developer, and was refunded by Abubakar
in 2013 when Adoke could not come up with his equity contributio

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