EFCC drags ex-Lagos attorney-general Shasore before Ikeja court for alleged corrupt offers

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday arraigned the former attorney-general of Lagos State, Olasupo Shasore (SAN), before an Ikeja Special Offences Court for alleged corrupt offers to public officers.

The anti-graft agency had on Thursday arraigned Shasore before a Federal High Court in Lagos on a four-count charge of money laundering.

Shasore served as the attorney-general of Lagos State and the commissioner for justice during the tenure of Babatunde Fashola as the governor.

EFCC arraigned the embattled senior lawyer on a two-count charge bordering on corrupt offers to public officers which he pleaded not guilty to.

Following his not-guilty plea, EFCC counsel, Bala Sanga, requested a trial date to prove the allegation against the defendant.

Justice Mojisola Dada granted Shasore bail by releasing him to his counsel with a promise to undertake to present him at the next adjourned date.

Dada adjourned the case until December 6, 2022, for the commencement of trial.

Earlier, the prosecution alleged the defendant corruptly gave the sum of $100,000 to Olufolakemi Adelore, the director of Legal Department, Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources on account of the role she played in the arbitral proceedings instituted by Process and Industrial Developments Ltd (P&ID) against the ministry.

It was also alleged that Shasore corruptly gave the sum of $100,000 to Ikechukwu Oguine, secretary of the Cooperation and Coordinator, (NNPC) on account of the role he played in the arbitral proceedings instituted by P&ID against the ministry.

The defence team, led by Yemi Candide-Johnson (SAN), applied for his bail on liberal terms or on self-recognizance, arguing that the defendant is not a flight risk and that the alleged offences were bailable.

The prosecution did not object the bail application.