Bello Adoke was reportedly discharged because of the Nigerian government’s failure to file required legal documents that would either allow them to hand him over to Nigeria or detain him.
Adoke was in United Arab Emirate for a scheduled medical check-up when he was taken into detention.
Mohammed Bello Adoke, the Former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), has departed UAE for Nigeria, after spending five (5) weeks in detention of the International Criminal Police Organization, commonly known as Interpol.
According to Premium Times which reports that Bello Adoke departed Dubai on Emirates Airlines Flight 785 which left the Emirati commercial capital arround 11:00 a.m. Dubai time (8: 00 a.m Nigerian time) and was estimated to arrive Abuja at 3:40 p.m. local time.
As Zidec Exclusive reported earlier, the former AGF was taken into detention by Interpol on 11th November, 2019,s upon his arrival at the United Arab Emirate for medical check-up.
Bello Adoke’s arrest was as a result of a red alert issued by the Nigerian government, as part of the ongoing probe of the Malabu oil scam deal.
The EFCC had filed fraud charges against the former Attorney-General over a dappled $1.1 billion oil deal.
The anti-graft agency moreover filed charges against Dan Etete, former petroleum minister, and a businessman, Abubakar Aliyu, for their participation in the oil deal.
Bello Adoke and the former Minister of State for Finance, Yerima Ngama, were said to have approved the transfer of about $1.1 billion into Nigerian accounts controlled by one Etete.
Following a warrant of arrest request by the EFCC over the divisive OPL 245 deal, a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja issued the warrant against Bello Adoke, alongside others who were indicted in the dappled deal.
An application by Bello Adoke’s lawyers however impelled the court, presided over by D. Z. Senchi, to quit the warrant on Friday, 25th October, 2019, thereby declaring it null and void.
According to The Cable, while the first order was sent to Interpol by the EFCC, the vacating order was not transmitted, which triggered confusion for Interpol.
A source familiar with the matter was quoted to have said the police are asking for a certified copy of the vacating order before they can release him and allow him to proceed for his medicals.
According to a Premium Times report, the Nigerian government failed to file necessary legal documents that would either allow the UAE to extradite Adoke to Nigeria or keep him in their custody.
The report has it that the failure was a big disappointment for the United Arab Emirate Authorities because Nigeria had promised Interpol robust action with respect to Bello Adoke’s extradition if arrested.
“Nigeria had committed that it would seek his extradition in conformity with international law applicable in mutual and multiparty treaties.
The source said His warrant had been quashed; Nigeria was incapable to make a justifiable request for his extradition.
Nigerian government only played politics with the matter rather than behave as a responsible member of the international community. An official commented under anonymity because he had no permission to speak on the matter.
The source added that United Arab Emirate expected Nigeria to act immediately, but Nigeria failed to act as soon as possible and they were humiliated.