Former Lawyer Basic of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, is stranded within the United Arab Emirate (UAE), after he examined optimistic for COVID-19, Mr Kanu Agabi, SAN, advised a Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja.
Agabi, a counsel to Adoke, advised Justice Inyang Ekwo within the alleged cash laundering trial filed in opposition to him and a businessman, Aliyu Abubakar, by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC).
Recall that Adoke was granted the permission to journey overseas for medical checkup on Dec. 11, 2020.
The choose, who ordered the discharge of the ex-AGF’s worldwide passport to him, gave him the permission to journey between Dec. 15 and return on Jan. 10, 2021, a day earlier than the scheduled resumption of trial.
Nonetheless, on the resumed continuing, Adoke was not in court docket.
Agabi advised Justice Ekwo that his shopper examined optimistic to the virus on the level of his return to Nigeria, and was subsequently held again by the UK authorities.
The lawyer additional advised the court docket that Adoke later examined detrimental to the coronavirus after his remedy however was unable to get flight to the nation as ordered by the court docket.
“My lord, let me apologise to you that the first defendant on this matter, Mohammed Bello Adoke, is just not in court docket in the present day as a consequence of circumstances past his management.
“I thank this court docket for granting him permission to journey overseas for medical examination.
“Earlier than Adoke left this nation, he examined detrimental. However sadly whereas within the UAE, he examined optimistic at his level of his return to Nigeria.
“Nonetheless, he’s now detrimental after the remedy, however he was unable to get a flight to the nation. Fortunately, he’ll return tomorrow, January 12, 2021,” he added.
Agabi knowledgeable that an software dated Jan. 4 and filed similar day, looking for for an extension of time to avail the first defendant of the chance to maintain himself had already been introduced earlier than the court docket.
He then prayed the court docket to increase the time inside which Adoke can be allowed to seem in court docket for continuation of his trial.
The senior lawyer, nevertheless, assured that the previous minister would make himself obtainable for his trial within the subsequent adjourned date.
The 2nd defendant (Aliyu Abubakar)’s counsel, E. C. Ikechi, who held transient for Akin Olujimi, SAN, didn’t oppose the appliance.
Additionally, the prosecution counsel, Bala Sanga, didn’t oppose the adjournment plea both.
Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter till March 1 to March 4 for continuation of trial, NAN studies.