Disagreement Between EFCC, Interpol And Adoke's Lawyers Leaves The Former Attorney-General In Permanent Limbo
By Iwedi Ojinmah 2 months ago
The International Police (INTERPOL) has rejected the request by lawyers of former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Mohammed Bello Adoke asking for his release from its custody in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
It said it could not grant the request because it deals with states and not individuals.
This newest development brings into light a bone of contention among the government, the INTERPOL and Adoke’s lead counsel Mike Ozekhome (SAN).
The world police body further revealed that it can only comply with the order if duly notified by the Federal Government. Unless Adoke’s status (whether or not the arrest warrant has been vacated) is clarified, he may remain in custody.
The government has yet to respond to the INTERPOL’s demand for such clarification,
Rather the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is pushing that Adoke be brought back home for trialRelated: ENI Boss Claudio Descalzi To Step Down If Found Guilty In Nigerian Oil Bribery Case
A source close to the case shared with the Awareness why things are so entangled:
“There has been pressure on the government on the status of Adoke, especially bordering on the attestation letter on Justice Senchi’s order.
“All those in charge are at a crossroads and they are afraid of taking any decision which might be seen as against the anti-corruption agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari. This is why it has been difficult to get an attestation letter from the government.
“Instead, the government has left the fate of Adoke to the court either in Nigeria or Abu Dhabi to decide. It wants judicial processes, (including compliance with the court order; the right of redress by Adoke at the court at all levels, the serving of charges on the ex-AGF in the UAE by the EFCC through the INTERPOL and EFCC’s demand for extradition) to take the full course.
“So, there is a stalemate somehow because no one is ready to push for the attestation letter; the INTERPOL is not ready to release Adoke without a letter from the Federal Government and the EFCC is adamant on its position that the minimum it would tolerate is for Adoke to return to Nigeria for trial.”