A former Lawyer-Normal of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Bello Adoke and an oil magnate, Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar, have been on Thursday re-arraigned by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) over their alleged complicity within the multi-billion greenback Malabu Oil scandal.
They’re on trial over a 42 -count prison prices alongside others, earlier than the Excessive Courtroom of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on the Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245, in any other case often called Malabu Oil.
Others docked together with them embrace Rasky Gbinigie; Malabu Oil and Gasoline Restricted; Nigeria Agip Exploration Restricted; Shell Nigeria Further Deep Restricted and Shell Nigeria Exploration Manufacturing Firm Restricted.
Adoke and the opposite defendants have been first arraigned within the case marked FCT/CR/151/2020 earlier than Justice Idris Kutigi, sitting at Gwagwalada, Abuja, by the anti-corruption fee on January 23, 2020.
Nevertheless, on the resumed trial of the case on Thursday, the prosecuting counsel, Mr Bala Sanga, advised the court docket that the EFCC had filed an amended cost dated January 18, 2021, towards the defendants and urged the court docket to permit the fees be learn to them to take a recent plea.
Thereafter, the fees have been learn to the defendants who pleaded not responsible.
Following their not responsible plea, Sanga requested for a date for the graduation of trial.
Based mostly on the settlement of events, Justice Kutigi adjourned the case until April 14-15 for listening to.
The decide ordered Adoke, Aliyu and Gbinigie to stay on bail earlier granted them by the court docket.
EFCC re-arraigns ex-AGF, Adoke, six others over alleged roles in Malabu oil scandal