Ex-minister’s Holland home searched
‘I’ll be available in August’
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has started investigating the accounts and transactions of a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke(SAN).
Some past public officers are also being probed over the $2billion Malabu oil block deal.
It was learnt that the anti-graft agency is also trying to establish from Adoke’s bankers whether the ex-minister owns safe deposit boxes.
A similar anti-graft agency in The Hague, Netherlands was confirmed yesterday to have searched Adoke’s residence following collaboration with the EFCC.
The former minister, who is a post-graduate student in the Netherlands, insists that he is not on the run but will not be able to report to the EFCC until after the completion of his course in August.
It was unclear yesterday if the EFCC will wait till August before quizzing Adoke.
There were many options open to the agency, said a source.
According to the source, the EFCC has been closing in on all those connected with the award and resolution of the Malabu oil block.
The source said: “The anti-graft agency is looking into some accounts and transactions of ex-AGF Adoke and a few others connected with Malabu oil block. This is a standard practice in an investigation like this.
“In fact, EFCC operatives have asked Adoke’s bankers whether or not the ex-minister is operating safe deposit boxes.
“All these actions were taken as preliminary steps towards preparation for the interrogation of the ex-minister.”