OPL 245: EFFC fails to present Etete, Adoke in court


The in ability of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to present former federal ministers, Dan Etete and Mohammed Adoke, in court on Thursday, stalled their trial for alleged diversion of $1.1 billion in the controversial sale of Oil Prospecting License, OPL 245.

The EFCC had charged the duo with fraud over their roles in the sale of one of Nigeria’s richest oil well, the OPL 245, during former President Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Various charges relating to the matter are before an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court presided over by Justice John Tsoho.

One of the cases, involving defendants and a businessman, Abubakar Aliyu, was slated for Thursday but could not proceed because EFCC could not produce the defendants in court.

“My Lord, the process of getting the defendants to come to court has proven difficult,” the agency’s lawyer, Johnson Ojogbane, told the court.

He prayed for a long adjournment to allow the commission finalise discussions with authorities of the countries where the defendants are located to bring them back to the country.

Justice Tsoho adjourned the case, till February 15.