Former Nigerian attorney general arrested, to face corruption charges

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-20 21:39:22|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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ABUJA, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- Nigerian authorities have arrested a former senior official on alleged abuse of office and money laundering with respect to the granting of the Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245 to Shell.

Mohammed Adoke, the former attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, was arrested upon his arrival in Nigeria on Thursday, said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigeria's main anti-graft agency.

The EFCC said in a statement reaching Xinhua on Friday that the former official returned home from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, where he had been living, following pressure from the commission.

Adoke was accompanied by Interpol officers who handed him over to the Nigerian anti-graft agents, said EFCC.

His lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, confirmed the arrest, saying Adoke was picked up at the foot of the aircraft and the police refused anyone access to him.

A court in Abuja has granted the request by the EFCC to remand Adoke for 14 days pending investigation.