The former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, has been granted permission to travel for a medical check-up in the United Arab Emirates by the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, on Friday, ruled against the objection raised by a lawyer to the prosecution, Bala Sanga, and granted Adoke’s application filed by another former AGF, Kanu Agabi (SAN).
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 also ordered the release of Adoke’s international passport to enable him to travel from December 15 this year and return on January 10, a day before the scheduled resumption of trial in the money laundering charge involving him and a businessman, Aliyu Abubakar.
He ordered Adoke to return the international passport to the court with two days of his return for the foreign trip.
Adoke and Abubakar are being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 14-count charge of money laundering, which is scheduled to resume on January 11 next year.
In a related development, the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Taskforce Team, Abulrasheed Maina, on Thursday, collapsed before trial Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Maina, who is facing money laundering charges, slumped down shortly after the court resumed proceedings in the 12-count charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) preferred against him and his firm, Common Input Property and Investment Limited.