A former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Mohammed Adoke, was on Monday arraigned on fresh seven-count charge bordering on money laundering.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had slammed
fraud, corruption and money laundering charges to the tune of N900 million
on Adoke and a man, Aliyu Abubakar.
In January, Adoke and six others were arraigned before Justice Idris Kutigi of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The duo is being tried by Justice Binta Nyako of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court.
Both denied the charges.
Counsel to the EFCC, Mr Bala Sanga, urged the court to remand the defendants in the commission’s custody pending hearing.
Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who argued the bail application of Adoke, urged the court to grant him bail in self recognizance being a former Attorney-General pending the hearing of the case.
￼ln the alternative, he said Adoke should be granted bail on favourable and liberal terms, or better still to allow Adoke enjoy bail terms as already granted him by an FCT High Court presided over by Justice Abubakar Idris Kutigi, where Adoke is facing a 42-count charge.
He said Adoke has never been convicted of any crime and that the charges before the court are bailable offences.
Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), counsel to the second defendant, agreed with Ozekhome, urging the court to grant the second defendant bail.
The prosecution counsel, Mr Bala Sanga, did not object, but urged the court to use its discretionary powers to grant the defendants bail.