By Our Reporter
Former Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Mohammed Adoke was prevented from
returning to Nigeria by officials of the United Arab Emirate, UAE because he tested positive to the Coronavirus in Dubai.
Adoke who is expected to return to Court on January 11, 2021 for the
continuation of his trials for money laundering is currently undergoing treatment for coronavirus in Dubai.
He was allegedly prevented from boarding an Emirate Flight to Abuja after a test result carried out on him returned positive for Covid-19.
“He was supposed to be on the same flight with me, but I didn’t see him when we landed in Abuja. When I called someone else in Dubai to find out what had happened to him, I was told he tested positive to Covid-19 and so was refused boarding,” said a source who saw him in Dubai.
It will be recalled that in December 2020, a Federal High Court in Abuja had granted
permission to Adoke to travel for a medical check-up in the United Arab
In a ruling, Justice Inyang Ekwo, discountenanced the objection raised by a lawyer to the prosecution, Bala Sanga, and granted Adoke’s application as argued by another former AGF, Kanu Agabi (SAN). Justice Ekwo said the issue of whether to grant such an application was
within the court’s discretion, which he was inclined to exercise in favour of the applicant because he claimed to be travelling on medical grounds.
The judge proceeded to order the release of the ex-AGF’s international passport to enable him to travel from December 15 this year and return on January 10, a day before the scheduled resumption of trial in the money laundering charge involving him and a businessman, Aliyu Abubakar