Adoke Begs Judge to Send Him To Kuje Prison Instead Of EFCC Custody
Former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke (SAN), on Monday, begged the judge handling his case not to remand him in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC], rather that he be detained in Kuje Correctional Centre.
ElombahNews had earlier reported that EFCC, on Monday, arraigned the former Attorney-General of the Federation on fresh charges bordering on money laundering.
Adoke was arraigned at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Gwagwalada, Abuja, in respect of the Malabu Oil scam alongside Aliyu Abubakar and others.
They pleaded not guilty to the fresh seven counts read to them before Justice Binta Nyako at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday.
EFCC alleged that the defendants, about September 2013, made payments in naira and dollar which equivalent was about N900 million into Adoke’s accounts in violation of various provisions of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act.
Adoke’s bail application, meanwhile, is already being argued by another senior member of his defence team, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN).
Chief Ozekhome, speaking on behalf of his client shortly after he was arraigned, noted that his client was produced in court by the EFCC from the Federal Medical Centre near Jabi, Abuja, where he had been admitted for treatment.
He urged the court to grant bail to the former AGF in liberal and affordable terms and conditions and said his client would prefer to be remanded in the Kuje Correctional Centre, instead of the custody of the EFCC.
After the defendants took their pleas, the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Bala Sanga, had urged the court to remand them in the custody of the EFCC pending when their bail applications would be heard and determined.
The defence lawyers immediately noted that they already filed their bail applications and had been responded to by the prosecution.
Ozekhome said: “The first defendant voluntarily returned to the country. There is his statement attached to show that he returned to the country voluntarily.
“He did not run away. We have attached an exhibit to show that he went for his Masters’ study abroad.
“We have deposed to the affidavit about his health conditions. The prosecution themselves brought him to court from the Federal Medical Centre near Jabib in Abuja, this morning.
“We also plead that he be taken to the Kuje Correction Centre, a euphemism for Kuje prison pending when he meets his bail conditions to avoid the mental psychological strictures he goes through in the custody of the EFCC.
“My lord we pray that he be granted bail in liberal and affordable terms and conditions so that he can take care of himself.
“The law says, ‘come and stand trial’, it did not say ‘come and sit trial or come and prostate trial’.
“My lord as you can see, the first defendant who is less than 60 is already bent with age.”
The judge is yet to rule on the bail application.