BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – Former Attorney General of the Federation and minister of Justice, Mr. Bello Adoke SAN was on Thursday repatriated by the Dubai authorities to Nigeria for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Adoke was accompanied by officers of the INTERPOL on board the Emirates Airlines which departed the Emirati commercial capital at about 11am and landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at about 3:50pm, where the EFCC took him over from the international police.
The former Attorney General of the Federation that supervised the EFCC was immediately approached by a team of officers attached to the INTERPOL and whisked away through a back channel.
However, closes sources at the EFCC said Adoke was initially taken to the Interpol office in Nigeria, situated in Area 10, Abuja.
Adoke, who has been on self-exile since October 2015, was being prosecuted in absentia by the EFCC over his alleged roles in the OPL 245 Malabu scandal.
The former Attorney General was arrested by INTERPOL in Dubai about five weeks ago and has since been detained by the UAE authorities in Dubai over his allege role in the raging Malabu Oil scandal.
Howevef, a statement by his lawyer, Mr. Mike Ozokeme SAN, said that Adoke offered on his own to return to Nigeria but the UAE security agencies refused to allow him and insisted on escorting him home, adding that the former Justice minister was not repatriated as being claimed by the EFCC.