Corruption Matters Press Releases


The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has called for an independent probe in a case involving the former Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Mohammed Adoke and counterpart in the Petroleum Ministry, Dan Etete over alleged $1.2bn money laundering.

In a release issued on behalf of the Executive Chairman of the anti-graft organization, Mr. Debo Adeniran, by the Media and Publications Officer, Toyin Odofin, he stated that “A prima facie case bordering on official corruption was established by the anti-graft Commission following investigations; culminating in court charges against Adoke, Dan Etete and others, which is still pending before the Federal Capital Territory High Court and the Federal High Court in Abuja. The case centred on the 2011 sale of the Nigerian oil license OPL 245, where the charges focus on the transfer of $801m in proceeds of the deal, facilitated by Adoke, into bank accounts controlled by Dan Etete. The charges were filed at the Federal High court.

However, It is heart-lifting that after many years since the Malabu Oil scam broke open whereby some Nigerian dignitaries and nationals of other countries were involved in fraudulent allocations of the Oil Prospecting License 245 and money laundering, forgery of bank documents, bribery and corruption under former President Goodluck Jonathan administration, where a principal suspect, Mr Mohammed Adoke (SAN) served as the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

According to the EFCC, the charges bordered on the fraudulent allocation of the  Oil Prospecting Licence 245 and money laundering involving the sum of about $1.2bn, forgery of bank documents, bribery and corruption. Mr Adoke has been living outside Nigeria since 2015 when President Goodluck Jonathan administration that he served as the AGF left the office.  The prosecutor has not been able to apprehend the former minister and the rest of the suspects since 2016 when the charges were instituted against them”. The alleged

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