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Court dismisses money laundering charge against former AGF Adoke

On Friday, the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court dismissed EFCC’s money laundering charge filed against former attorney general Mohammed Adoke.

• April 19, 2024
Mohammed Adoke

On Friday, the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court dismissed EFCC’s money laundering charge filed against former attorney general Mohammed Adoke.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a ruling on Mr Adoke’s no-case submission, said he found that the EFCC had been unable to prove the essential ingredients of the evidence adduced in counts one to four of the 10-count charge filed against the ex-AGF and his co-defendant, Aliyu Abubakar.

The judge, who held that the evidence was manifestly unreliable, consequently upheld Adoke’s no-case submission. He, therefore, declared Adoke discharged and acquitted of the money laundering charge.

However, the judge held that the anti-graft agency had been able to make a prima facie case against Mr Abubakar, the oil magnate, on counts five, six, eight and nine of the charge preferred against him.

But he struck out counts one, seven and 10 against the businessman.

The judge adjourned the case until April 22, April 23 and April 24 for Mr Abubakar to open his defence.

EFCC had sued Messrs Adoke and Abubakar on a 10-count amended charge bordering on money laundering offences.

The matter began in 2017 and lasted for about seven years.


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