Adoke: EFCC files amended money laundering charges

Mohammed Adoke

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed an additional seven money laundering charges against a former Attorney-General of the Federation Mohammed Adoke.

Mr Adoke’s trial before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja which was meant to commence on Monday was stalled due to the amended charges.

The initial charge contained seven counts, with six of them relating to Adoke.

Prosecutor Bala Sanga on Monday informed the court of an amended charge he filed on July 29 which was served on all the defendants.

Justice Ekwo frowned at the late filing of the amended charge and adjourned the trial till Tuesday on the ground that he is yet to see the amended charges.

In the former seven counts, EFCC alleged that Adoke and an Abuja businessman Aliyu Abubakar committed the money laundering offences involving over N400 million in September 2013.

Adoke was accused of, among others, receiving the US dollar equivalent of N300 million from Abubakar and paying the dollar equivalent of N367,318,800 to a man identified as Usman Bello.

He was equally accused of making “structured cash payments in 22 tranches” amounting to N80 million, and another of such structured payments in 13 tranches, estimated at N50 million, into his Unity Bank account.

Abubakar, however, was accused of making a payment of US dollar equivalent of N300 million into Adoke’s account, in violation of the money laundering law.