Former Federation Attorney-General and Justice Minister Mohammed Adoke (SAN) has been re-arraigned on amended money laundering charges by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The case is one of the multiple charges lodged in various courts by the EFCC with respect to various aspects of the infamous OPL 245 transactions, also known as the Malabu Oil deal.
The anti-graft body, along with a businessman, Aliyu Abubakar, re-arraigned the former AGF before the Federal High Court in Abuja.
They were re-arraigned on Tuesday after modifying the old charges, which saw the number of counts rise from seven to 14.
Bala Sanga, the prosecution attorney, also said the amount involved in the new charges had gone up from the previous N400 m. Six of the seven counts in the previous charges were related to Adoke while only one was linked to Abubakar.
But with the amended charges, there are now seven counts relating to Adoke and seven relating to Abubakar. questions
As they read to them on Tuesday, they both pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Tuesday Justice Inyang Ekwo adjourned the court until 11 August.
Below are Part of the charges read:
“That you Mohammed Bello Adoke, sometime in September 2013, in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the Honourable Court, used the total sum of N300,000,000.00 (three hundred million nairas) when you knew that the said funds formed part of your unlawful activities to wit: acceptance of an amount exceeding stated threshold amounts outside a financial institution, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15 (2) (d) and punishable under section 15 (3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as amended).”
“That you Mohammed Bello Adoke sometime in September 2013, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did cause to be made structured cash payment in 13 tranches of a sum of money totalling N50,000,000.00 (Fifty million Naira) into your Unity Bank Plc Account No. 0020153263, which sums you knew is part of an unlawful act, to wit: the payment of an amount exceeding stated threshold amounts outside a financial Institution, intending to conceal the origins of the said funds, contrary to section 15 (2 )(a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011 as amended and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.”
“That you Aliyu Abubakar, sometime in August 2013, in Abuja within the Junsd1ctton of this Honourable Court, made a cash payment of the sum of United States Dollars, equivalent to N300,000,000.00 (three hundred million Naira), to Mohammed Bello Adoke, 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.”