Adoke’s name removed from Interpol list of wanted persons

The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) says it has removed the name of Mohammed Bello Adoke, former attorney-general of the federation (AGF), from the list of wanted persons.

In a letter to his lawyers seen by TheCable with reference number CCF/112/R1221.19, dated March 9, 2020, with the subject “Request concerning Mr Mohammed Bello Adoke”, the Interpol’s independent authority for the control and protection of personal data stated that Adoke’s name has been expunged after the commission received a request to seeking the removal of his name.

“We acknowledge receipt of your correspondence dated 26 February 2020, addressed to the commission for the control of Interpol’s files and received on 4 March 2020,” the letter read.

“Insofar as you have provided the required documents, your request is admissible. We would like to inform you that the commission carried out the appropriate checks and that as of today, your client is not subject to an INTERPOL notice or diffusion.”

“You will find enclosed an official letter from the Interpol general secretariat, certifying the above.

In the certificate attached, the Interpol said: “The general secretariat of the International Criminal Police Organization-INTERPOL hereby certifies that, as of today, Mr. Bello Adoke Mohammed, born on 01 September 1963, is not subject to an Interpol notice or diffusion.”

On November 11, Interpol arrested Adoke in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), when he went there for his medicals.

The warrant of arrest had been issued against him on April 17, 2019, following a request by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the controversial OPL 245 deal executed by the federal government in 2011.

Following an application by Adoke’s lawyers, the court, presided over by D. Z. Senchi, vacated the warrant on October 25, 2019, declaring it “null and void and of no effect whatsoever”.

But the Nigerian authorities did not transmit the vacation of the warrant to Interpol and he was arrested in Dubai.

Adoke was arrested by the EFCC on his return to Nigeria on December 19, 2020.

Adoke, who was detained for 55 days by the EFCC, has been arraigned in different courts on charges of abuse of office and money laundering in the OPL 245 case.

He denies all allegations.

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