Ade Adesomoju, Abuja
The immediate past Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke (SAN), has been freed from custody.
The ex-AGF has been in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission after he was arrested upon his return from a self-exile, on December 19, 2019.
He regained his freedom on Monday shortly after he was granted bail in the fresh money laundering charges instituted against him by the EFCC.
He and his co-accused, Aliyu Abubakar, earlier on Monday, pleaded not guilty to the seven counts instituted against them.
Shortly after they took their pleas, their lawyers argued their bail applications, which were opposed by the EFCC, through its lawyer, Bala Sanga.
About two hours after the hearing, Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja granted him bail in the same terms and conditions of the bail earlier granted him on January 30 by the Gwagwalada Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Adoke’s lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), and that of Abubakar, Mr. Olalekan Ojo (SAN), who argued the bail applications earlier on Monday, said their clients had already met the bail conditions.
Adoke departed the court premises in Ozekhome’s car at about 3.15pm on Monday, The PUNCH reports.
When contacted, Ozekhome told The PUNCH, “They (Adoke and Aliyu) are now freed, they have gone home