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EFCC Acknowledges Lack of Evidence in Charges Against Former AGF Adoke



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has admitted that it lacks sufficient evidence to support charges of fraud, bribery, and conspiracy against former Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke. This revelation came in response to Adoke’s no-case submission filed in connection with charges related to the OPL 245 transaction of 2011.

In its response to the no-case submission, the EFCC informed the FCT high court that it would not oppose Adoke’s application. The anti-graft agency also indicated that it would not resist similar no-case applications by other defendants, including Aliyu Abubakar, Rasky Gbinigie (Malabu Oil & Gas Ltd company secretary), Malabu Oil & Gas Ltd, Nigeria Agip Exploration Ltd, Shell Ultra Deep Nigeria Ltd, and Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company Ltd (SNEPCo) on certain charges.

However, the EFCC maintained that Gbinigie has a case to answer regarding the alleged forgery of company documents to remove the name of Mohammed Abacha as a director of Malabu Oil & Gas.

The charges against Adoke included allegations of collecting a gratification of N300 million from Abubakar over the OPL 245 resolution. Adoke has consistently denied these allegations, asserting that the N300 million, classified as bribery by the EFCC, was a mortgage he obtained from Unity Bank Plc in 2012. He clarified that the amount was directly transferred by the bank to Abubakar’s account and was subsequently refunded by Abubakar in 2013 when Adoke couldn’t contribute his equity share.

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