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EFCC fails to convict Mohammed Adoke in money laundering case




The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has failed to convict former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Mohammed Bello Adoke, of money laundering charges in court.

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, upheld Adoke’s “no case” submission against the money laundering charges against him.

The court discharged and acquitted the former AGF of money laundering charges.

In 2017, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) dragged Adoke and Abubakar Aliyu, a property developer, to court for allegedly laundering about N300 million.

While the EFCC admitted before Ekwo that it was a mortgage that Adoke took from Unity Bank, it alleged before Justice Kutigi that the money was a bribe from the sale of the oil block by Malabu Oil & Gas Ltd. in 2011.

On March 28, 2024, Kutigi pointed out the contradiction while dismissing the charges against Adoke and other defendants, chiding the EFCC for wasting the court’s time for four years.

But on Friday, Justice Ekwo said the EFCC did not provide any evidence to prove the essential elements of the offence against the former AGF, who was listed as the first defendant.

While discharging and acquitting him of the charges, Ekwo upheld the no-case submission.

The judge, however, ruled that Aliyu, the second defendant, has to open his defence because he has a case to answer.