Adoke: No hiding place for corrupt officials, says BMO

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has described the recent arrest of former Attorney General and Minister of Justice Mohammed Adoke (SAN) by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on arrival from Dubai is an indication that there is no hiding place for Politically Exposed Persons (PEP) who have questions to answer on their activities while in office.

This, BMO said, is because the former minister was initially arrested by INTERPOL in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and kept in custody before his deportation to Nigeria.

BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke that the arrst and eventual detension of Adoke is a clear proof of global support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s war against corruption.

“We know it all began with the EFCC initiating a warrant for the arrest of former Attorney General Adoke as part of the ongoing probe of the Malabu oil scam.

“But there was also effort through a Federal High Court to prevent INTERPOL from executing the arrest warrant. So it is heart-warming that in spite of the legal rigmarole, Adoke is in custody in Nigeria.

“We see it as a milestone in the war against graft, especially against the backdrop of the judicial agreement the Nigerian authorities signed with their UAE counterparts in October 2015,” it said.

The group noted that Adoke’s arrest by the EFCC would help shed more light on issues surrounding the controversial granting of the Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245 to Shell and ENI in the Goodluck Jonathan years.

“We are aware that EFCC Investigations into the deal have revealed sundry crimes bordering on conspiracy, forgery of bank documents, bribery, corruption and money laundering to the tune of over $1.2 billion against Malabu Oil and Gas Limited, Shell Nigeria Ultra Deep (SNUD), Nigeria Agip Exploration (NAE) and their officials,” the statement noted

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