The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Monday said he is not aware of the arrest of former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General Bello Adoke (SAN).
He said he would not comment speculatively on the issue.
Malami spoke through his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu
.The statement quoted Malami as saying: ”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 ex-Minister’s arrest was said to be in connection with alleged watch-list and bench warrant obtained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the ongoing investigation of the Malabu Oil Bloc(OPL 245).
Adoke, who was intercepted in Abu Dhabi, was in UAE to see his medical doctor.
The ex-AGF, however, told INTERPOL team that the said bench warrant has been vacated by a judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Justice Danlami Senchi.
The INTERPOL and the UAE authorities are awaiting an attestation from the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice on the vacation of the arrest warrant by Justice Senchi.
Justice Senchi had on October 25, 2019 cancelled the arrest warrants earlier issued against Adoke, former petroleum minister, Dan Etete and four others.