Court grants Adoke permission for medical trip in UAE

Mohammed Adoke

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday granted permission to former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice Mohammed Adoke to embark on a medical trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Justice Inyang Ekwo, in his ruling, dismissed the objection raised by prosecution lawyer Bala Sanga and granted Adoke’s application as argued by another former AGF Kanu Agabi.

Justice Ekwo said the issue of whether or not 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 ordered the release of Adoke’s international passport to enable him to travel from December 15, 2020, and return on January 10.

Adoke is being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 14-count charge of money laundering.

Also facing charges alongside Adoke is a businessman Aliyu Abubakar.

The judge ordered Adoke to return the international passport to the court within two days of his return from the trip.

The case was adjourned till January 11, 2021.