The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Maitama, Abuja, on Friday, granted permission to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to detain the immediate past Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, for 14 days.
Justice Othman Musa granted the request contained in an ex parte application filed and moved by EFCC’s lawyer, Fatima Mustapha, on Friday.
Mustapha said the plan to hold the ex-AGF was to enable the commission to complete its investigations of allegations involving the suspect.
Ruling, Justice Musa said, “Application to remand the suspect in EFCC custody for 14 days pending investigation is granted.”
Adoke, who has since 2016 been charged with $1.1bn Malabu oil scam, returned to the country on Thursday, ending his over four years of self-exile.
He was immediately arrested on arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, by operatives of the International Police Organisation and handed over to the EFCC.
Adoke was earlier arrested in November and had been detained by Interpol in Dubai, the United Arab Emirate, until Thursday.
Following an agreement between him, Interpol and Dubai authorities, he returned to Nigeria on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the EFCC, through one of its detectives and a member of the investigative team, Ibrahim Ahmed, has accused Adoke of embezzling “humongous sums of money” through the Malabu oil scam.
Ahmed who deposed to the affidavit filed in support of the ex parte application with which the commission obtained the court’s detention order, alleged that the ex-AGF bought “high net worth properties in Nigeria” with the proceeds of the scam.