Mohammed Adoke Re-arraigned In Court Over Money Laundry

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Mohammed Adoke (SAN), Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), has been re-arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja on money laundering related charges.

Adoke was arraigned on six counts charge while the remaining one was against Abubakar.

Adoke, who served during the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, was arraigned with an Abuja businessman, Aliyu Abubakar on a seven-count charge, marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/39/2017.

Adoke was accused of among others, receiving the US dollar equivalent of N300m from Abubakar and paying the dollar equivalent of N367,318,800 to one Usman Mohammed Bello.

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He was also accused of using N300m which was alleged to be part of the proceeds of unlawful activities, acts classified as offences under the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011.

The ex-AGF was equally accused of making “structured cash payments in 22 tranches” amounting to N80m, and another of such structured payments in 13 tranches, estimated at N50m, into his Unity Bank account.

On his part, Abubakar was accused of making a payment of US dollar equivalent of N300m into Adoke’s account, in violation of the money laundering law.

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Both defendants pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to them by an official of the court.

Both defendants were, in the charge filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), alleged to have committed the alleged offences, involving about N400m, in Abuja in September 2013.

 

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