Indications have shown that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has started screening the bank accounts of former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Mohammed Adoke probing his suspected involvement in the $1.06 billion Malabu Oil Block (OPL 245) deal.
Recall that the former minister has been in custody since last Thursday when he returned to the country from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He has also opted to pass data and documents relating to the deal to investigators.
After taking oral evidence from Adoke, his counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), has, however, said the EFCC detectives have “so far treated Adoke with humanity and dignity.” after raising an alarm that he was not allowed to see his client.
According to sources, the battle for Adoke’s bail might shift to the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Monday.
The Nation reports that the detectives for about two hours at the weekend interrogated Adoke on the Malabu Oil Block agreement in the presence of his counsel.
“After receiving medical treatment from the EFCC doctor, detectives debriefed Adoke orally.
“They raised many questions and took oral evidence ahead of his written statement beginning from tomorrow (Monday).
“He is expected to put his responses into a statement which will be tendered in court during his trial.
“Adoke requested to retrieve and present data and documents relating to the controversial oil block to the investigators,” a source said.
While confirming that the commission was already screening his bank. It is unclear if the affected accounts had been blocked.
Speaking on Sunday, Ozekhome confirmed the oral, session, adding that he needs to use a better medical facility.
“Yes, the EFCC had oral session with our client on Malabu Oil Block but he still had some strains and the interaction could not last longer. The EFCC medical doctor attended to him.
“I think so far, the EFCC has treated Adoke with humanity and dignity. This is encouraging.
“Adoke has always maintained his innocence on all the allegations against him and in the fullness of time, the truth will be known. Sheikh Usman Dan Fodio once said ‘conscience is an open wound, only the truth can heal it.’ We bank on facts and figures to prove Adoke’s case.
“But while investigation is in progress, Adoke needs to be taken to a better medical facility.”