The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday, re-arraigned the former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF)and minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke (SAN), over allegation of money laundering charges.
Adoke was arraigned alongside a businessman, Aliyu Abubakar before a Federal High Court in Abuja.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges in respect of the controversial Malabu Oil deal, OPL 245.
Adoke was re-arraigned following the amendment of the previous charges that saw the number of counts increase from seven to 14.
The prosecuting counsel, Bala Sanga, also said the amount involved in the new charges had increased from the previous N400million.
In the previous charges, six of the seven counts related to Adoke while only one related to Abubakar. However, the amended charges contained seven counts relating to Adoke and seven relating to Abubakar.
After they were re-arraigned yesterday, Justice Inyang Ekwo, adjourned the trial till August 11.
Some of the amended charge read;
‘’That you Mohammed Bella Adoke. sometime in August 2013, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, accepted a cash payment of a sum of United States Dollars, equivalent to N300,000,000.00 (Three hundred million Naira), from Aliyu Abubakar,
and you thereby committed an offence contrary to the combined effect of section 16 (1) (d) and of section 1(a) of the Money Laundering
Prohibition Act 2011 (as amended) and punishable under section 16 (2)(b) of the same Act.
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