Armed policemen yesterday invaded the residence of a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke(SAN) in search of cash and undisclosed documents.
The policemen said to be from the Force Headquarters in Abuja laid siege to the house in Okene, Kogi State for about one hour without finding anything. Although they displayed a warrant from a High Court of Justice in Gudu District, Abuja, the policemen refused to disclose their exact mission.
They however ransacked the duplex, from about 4.15pm to 5.15pm, including Adoke’s bedroom, his wife’s, the roof and the toilets. A younger brother of the ex-Minister, Mr. Abdul Adoke said: said: “the policemen presented a search warrant obtained from the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Gudu in Abuja. Their leader identified himself as a police officer from the Force Headquarters, Abuja but he refused to disclose his identity.
“We cooperated with them and at the end of the day, nothing was found. They wrote a report declaring that the duplex was free of any incriminating documents. I and four others also signed the report too.”
Adoke has been charged to court for alleged involvement in a $1billion Malabu oil block deal by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He however said that though the charge was irrational, he was prepared to make himself available to defend it at the appropriate time.
He said he did not benefit in any way from the auctioning of the Oil Prospecting Licence, OPL 245. Adoke said he got requisite approvals from the former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to broker the settlement and execute the OPL 245 settlement agreement.