Former AGF Adoke Pleads Not Guilty To Money Laundering Charges

By Chinenye Festus:-
Mr. Mohammed Adoke who was the former Attorney-General of the Federation is being re-arraigned alongside Aliyu Abubakar who is an Abuja based businessman before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Adoke and Abubakar pleaded not guilty to the 14 count charge filed against them during a sitting on Tuesday.
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 trial judge, Justice Ekwo who frowned at the late filing of the amended charge adjourned the trial till Tuesday on the ground that he is yet to sight the amended charges.
Recall, that 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 on Monday (yesterday) but it was stalled due to the amended.

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