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Melabu Oil Deal: Abuja Court Grants Adoke Permission for Medical Check-Up

A former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke (SAN), was on Friday granted permission by an Abuja Federal High Court, to travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for medical check-up.

Adoke who served as the Attorney General under the Goodluck Jonathan administration, fled the country to the UAE shortly after leaving office in 2015 and was there for about five years.

He only returned to the country in December 2019, and was immediately arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as he arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

He has been facing trial before the FCT High Court for his alleged involvement in the controversial $1.2billion Malabu oil deal.

The charges brought against the former Minister by the EFCC were amended to 42 from the initial 12, with the court ordering for the seizure of his passport as a bail condition.

In his ruling on Adoke’s application for permission to travel to the UAE on Friday, Justice Ekwo ordered the release of his passport to enable him travel to the foreign land on health grounds from December 15 and return on or before January 10, 2021.

Already, his trial alongside a businessman, Aliyu Abubakar, has been scheduled to resume before the court on January 11.

In granting Adoke’s request on Friday, Justice Ekwo rejected the objection raised by the prosecuting counsel, Bala Sanga.

The judge upheld the contention of Adoke’s lawyer, Kanu Agabi (SAN), saying such application was within the discretion of the court to grant.

He said the application was granted allowing the ex-AGF to travel to UAE on health grounds.

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