Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has said he has no knowledge of the reported arrest of his predecessor, Bello Adoke in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Malami in a statement on Monday by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Umar Gwandu, said until he was formally briefed on the alleged arrest, he would not comment on it.
There had been reports emanating on Sunday that Adoke was arrested by international police in Dubai following an arrest warrant issued by a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja. It was also reported that the arrest warrant was later vacated by the same court.
Malami reacting said, “My office as the attorney general of the Federation and minister of justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not in receipt of any formal communication regarding the alleged arrest in line with international conventions, processes and procedures relating to such matter.
“Until such formal communication is received, the attorney general of the federation and minister of justice would not comment speculatively in one way or the other over the matter.”
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had preferred charges in relation to the $1.1bn Malabu Oil scam against Malami and others since 2017, but the anti-graft agency had not been able to arraign the defendants because Adoke had been out of the country since 2015 shortly after he left office.
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