The absence in court of former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke, on Monday stalled the money laundering trial against him.
Counsel to the defendant, Kanu Agabi informed Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja that his client could not make it to court as he was held back in Dubai, United Arab Emirate, after testing positive to Covid-19.
At the last adjourned date, December 15, 2020, the court had granted Adoke permission to travel to Dubai on health grounds but was expected to return for the hearing fixed for Monday.
However, when the case was called the defendant was absent. Agabi informed the court that his client was at the verge of returning to the country when he tested positive for Covid-19.
He disclosed that he former minister had since tested negative after treatment but could not fly back to Nigeria in time for the hearing.
He pleaded with the court for an extension of the time given to the defendant to take care of himself and be fit for trial.
Prosecution counsel, Bala Sanga did not oppose the request. Justice Ekwo consequently adjourned proceedings till March 1-4, 2021.
Adoke and Aliyu Abubakar are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on 14 counts amended charges bordering on money Laundering.