Justice Idris Kutigi of the Abuja high court has ordered the remand of a former attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, Mohammed Adoke (SAN), and two of his co-defendants who are currently in EFCC custody over his involvement in the Malabu oil scam.
This came after the defendants pleaded not guilty to the 42 counts filed against them by the EFCC.
Those arraigned alongside Adoke were Aliyu Abubakar, who was accused of offering n300m gratification to Adoke in relation to the Malabu oil deal; and a former company secretary and legal adviser of Malabu oil and gas limited, Rasky Gbinigie.
The Malabu oil scam involved alleged fraudulent transfer of the highly lucrative oil prospecting lease 245 to Malabu oil and gas in 1998 and subsequently to Agip and shell.
EFCC has alleged that former minister of petroleum resources in the Sani Abacha regime, Dan Etete, who is now at large, was involved in the fraudulent transfer of the oil block to Malabu oil and gas.
EFCC has accused Adoke of playing a pivotal role and receiving n300m bribe in the deal.
Senate Confirms Mahmood Yakubu As INEC Chairman
Now, Independent National Electoral Commission chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, can continue as the commission’s boss after the senate confirmed him on Tuesday for a second and final term.
Yakubu was first appointed INEC chairman in November 2015, succeeding Attahiru Jega, who supervised that year’s general election.
Committee chairman, Kabiru Gaya, says Yakubu was re-confirmed because of his suitability for the position with no petition or incriminatory report against him. Gaya says Yakubu is a nominee with a high level of intelligence, no affiliation to any political party and has never participated in any political campaign.
Yakubu resumes immediately.
Delta To Hold LG Election March 2021
Delta State independent electoral commission has fixed march next year for elections into chairmanship and councillorship positions in the state.
Commission chairman, Michael Ogbodu made the announcement after meeting with stakeholders and party chairmen on Tuesday in Asaba.
Ogbodu says additional 34 wards was created to add to the existing 466 wards across the 25 local government areas in the state.
The commission chairman approved immediate commencement of pre-election activities such as campaigns.
Nigeria Records 281 New Coronavirus Cases
The Nigeria Centre for disease Control (NCDC) has announced 281 new coronavirus infections in thirteen states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The total confirmed cases in the country have now risen to 67,838.
As usual, Lagos recorded the highest number of infections with 123, while the Federal Capital Territory, Kaduna and Imo reported 64, 38 and 15 infections respectively.
The rest of the cases were shared among nine other states.
The agency said 148 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and have been discharged from different isolation centers in the country.
Three new deaths were recorded as a result of complications from the disease.