Malabu Oil Scam: Arrest warrant against me is void, Ex-AGF Adoke tells court

A former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice under the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, Mohammed Adoke (SAN) has challenged the bench warrant issued against him by a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Jabi in the $2.1 billion Malabu oil scandal case.

Justice Danlami Senchi in a ruling delivered on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, granted the prayers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for a warrant of arrest against Adoke and five others for failing to show up to face charges related to the Malabu Oil scandal.

Adoke through his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) filed a motion of notice on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, praying the court to vacate the order of arrest and to strike out his name from as a defendant in the suit before the court.

He premised his application on grounds that the court lacks the jurisdiction to issue a bench warrant against him.

According to him, the Federal High Court Abuja presided over by Honourable Justice Binta Nyako had exculpated him with respect to the facts and circumstances for which he is charged before the FCT High Court.

Adoke added that the issuance of a bench warrant is a breach of his fundamental right to fair hearing as guaranteed under sec (36) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He went on to say that he “has neither been served with the charge sheet and proof of evidence in the charge, nor any summons in respect of the criminal charge pending before the court.”

The ex-AGF equally contended that “the warrant was obtained under gross misstatements, misrepresentation, concealment and suppression of material facts.”

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