Nigeria’s former Attorney General detained over $1.3 billion oil deal

Source The Ghana Report

Nigeria’s former Attorney General, Mohammed Adoke is being detained by the country’s financial crimes over an alleged $1.3 billion oil deal.

Mohammed Adoke was detained on Thursday, upon his return to the country.

He was arrested by Interpol in November after travelling to Dubai for a medical appointment.

The lawyer, Mike Ozekhome who jumped to his defense said his client flew back to the country voluntarily.

The commission, in a statement, indicated that this is part of an investigation into one of the oil industry’s biggest suspected corruption scandals.

Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) investigation team relates the $1.3 billion sale of a Nigerian offshore oilfield known as OPL 245 by Malabu Oil and Gas in 2011.

Eni SpA and Royal Dutch Shell Plc jointly acquired the field from Malabu, which was owned by former Petroleum Minister Dan Etete.

The sale of the oil field has spawned legal cases across several countries, involving Nigerian government officials and senior executives from Eni and Royal Dutch Shell.

Shell and Eni, and their executives, have however denied any wrongdoing.

Etete has also denied wrongdoing.

“His return to Nigeria clears the way for him to answer to the charges against him,” the EFCC said in a statement, following Adoke’s return to Nigeria.

Adoke’s lawyer said the former attorney general was released by Interpol and Dubai authorities after “finding nothing criminal against him.”

“Our client remains very confident that he will be vindicated in the court of law and justice at the end of the day, after a free and fair trial,” Ozekhome said in a written statement.

Adoke served as attorney general from 2010 to 2015.

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