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Ex-AGF Adoke Tests Positive For COVID-19, Stranded In UAE

A former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke has tested positive for coronavirus in the United Arab Emirate (UAE), where he had gone for a medical check-up.

Adoke is currently stranded in the UAE and is unable to return to Nigeria.

His lawyer, Kanu Agabi (SAN) disclosed this on Monday at the resumption of proceedings in the money laundering case involving Adoke and a businessman, Aliyu Abubakar before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The court had, on December 11 last year, granted Adoke permission to travel abroad on medical grounds, despite opposition from the prosecuting agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Prosecuting lawyer, Bala Sanga had urged the court to reject Adoke’s request for permission to travel abroad, arguing that it took the assistance of security agencies, particularly the International Police Organisation (INTERPOL) to apprehend and return the ex-AGF to Nigeria to face trial.

But, Justice Inyang Ekwo, while granting Adoke’s application for leave to travel abroad, ordered him to return before January 11, 2021.

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Otunba Sayo Akintola is a 1992 graduate of Linguistics from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Financial Management and MBA from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He started his 12-year sojourn in journalism at the Nigerian Tribune in 1993 as Business and Economy reporter. He rose through the ranks to become the Group Business Editor of the nation’s oldest surviving private national newspaper, the Nigerian Tribune. He set up World Street Journal magazine in 2018.

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