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Adoke arraigned on fresh N527m fraud, granted bail

A former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN)
A former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission yesterday arraigned a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke (SAN), on fresh allegations of money laundering valued at N527m.

The EFCC, in the seven-count charge, alleged that Adoke, who was charged alongside on Abubakar Aliyu, had in September 2013 in Abuja accepted payment of N300m equivalent of the United States Dollars from one Abubakar Aliyu.

Adoke was also alleged to have also in September 2013 in Abuja made a payment of N367,318,800 to one Usman Mohammed Bello.

According to the EFCC, Adoke made the payment of the N300m and another 13 tranches totaling N50m, and another N80m in 22 tranches.

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The anti-graft agency alleged that the N50m and N80m were paid into Unity Bank Plc account number: 0020153263 which was part an “unlawful act” because the amount exceeded the threshold amounts outside financial institution.

The EFCC added that the defendants “intended to conceal the origins of the said funds.”

The offences are contrary to sections 1(a), 15(2) (d), 16(2)(b) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011.

Meanwhile, Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday granted Adoke bail in the terms already given by an FCT High Court.

The matter was adjourned to April 1 and 2 for hearing.

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