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The trial of the former Attorney-General of the Federation in Nigeria, Mr. Mohammed Adoke has been adjourned till August 13.
Mr. Adoke’s trial was adjourned due to the failure of the prosecutor to serve the defendants with the proof of evidence and statement of the witness.
During the last sitting, the defendants pleaded not guilty to a 14-count charge filed against them bordering on money laundering.
According to Channels TV, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had in June filed an additional seven charges against the former AGF over money laundering allegations involving about N400 million.
Mr Adoke’s trial was expected to begin last week but it was adjourned due to the changed charges.
The first charge contained seven counts, with six of them relating to Mr. Adoke.
At the going back trial, the prosecutor, Bala Sanga, disclosed to the court an amended charge he filed on July 29 which was served on all the defendants.
The trial judge, Justice Ekwo who frowned at the late filing of the amended charge adjourned the trial on the ground that he is yet to sight the amended charges.
In the former seven counts, the EFCC alleged that the defendants committed the money laundering offences involving over N400 million in Abuja, in September 2013.
Channels TV said, in the counts relating to Mr Adoke, he was accused of among others, receiving the dollar equivalent of N300 million from Abubakar, paying the dollar equivalent of N367,318,800 to one Usman Mohammed Bello, and allegedly using the sum of N300 million, which was alleged to be part of the proceeds of unlawful activities, all in violations of various provisions of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011.
The former AGF was granted bail by the Federal High Court in Abuja on February 10, 2020, in the sum of N50m with one surety in like sum.
The case has been adjourned till August 13, 2020.