Nigeria: Ex-Justice Minister Arrested in Dubai Over Fraud, Graft

Nigeria's former Attorney-general and Justice Minister Mohammed Adoke has been arrested in Dubai over fraud and corruption allegations, the government confirms.

Mr. Adoke, who travelled to Dubai for medical attention, was arrested by International Police (Interpol) for alleged involvement in oil scams, fraud and money laundering.

Mr. Adoke's lawyer filed an application for the letter of attestation from Nigeria's Ministry of Justice for Interpol to release him. However, the Nigerian government instead forwarded to Interpol charges against the former minister.

Prof. Itse Sagay, the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption re-ported that the arrest is the latest success in the fight against corruption under the federal government.

The charges forwarded to the international police include conspiracy and money laundering on Malabu Oil Block; conflict of interest on Malabu Oil Block; and involvement in the $9.6 bil-lion judgment award against Nigeria by Process and Industrial Developments (P&ID).

Mr. Adoke is also to give clarification on $2,267,400 Malabu Oil cash paid to a Bureau De Change operator. He is also facing criminal charges on abuse of office and money laundering with respect to the granting of the Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245 to Shell and ENI.

Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had earlier obtained a warrant is-sued by a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja.

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: East African

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.