Former attorney-general of the federation, Mohammed Adoke, has prayed a federal high court to order that he acted on former President Goodluck Jonathan’s directive in the $1.1bn Malabu oil deal.
Recall that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had filed charges of corruption against Adoke, Dan Etete, former petroleum minister; Aliyu Abubakar, a businessman, and Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd at a federal high court in Abuja.
Adoke was said to have been part of those involved in diverting funds from the sale of an oil block – OPL 245 – to Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd and Nigeria-AGIP Exploration Ltd.
On the charges, Adoke through his counsel, Kanu Agabi, said he acted on Jonathan’s orders, that he is a victim of witch-hunt. He therefore asked the court to declare that his involvement in the oil block discussion was in good faith.
He also the told the court to declare his prosecution illegal, null and void as the hearing date for the case is yet to be fixed.