A former Nigerian justice minister, involved in one of the biggest corruption scandals in his country’s history, was arrested on Thursday in Abuja by the Nigerian anti-corruption agency (EFCC) after leaving Dubai where he had been also arrested.
Mohammed Adoke, who had also served as attorney general, was arrested in Dubai on November 11 after traveling to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment, according to lawyer Mike Ozekhome.
In April, a Nigerian court issued arrest warrants against Adoke and former oil minister Dan Etete in connection with the Malubu corruption scandal over a $ 1.3 billion oil deal involving the companies Italian ENI and Anglo-Dutch Shell.
The EFCC said it had a series of talks with Dubai authorities about the ex-minister and said that he was accompanied by Interpol members on the flight taken to Abuja. EFCC officials were at Abuja airport when the former minister arrived, according to the anti-corruption agency.
Messrs. Adoke and Etetete have been on the run for years, outside of Nigeria.
The ENI and Shell companies are accused of distributing bribes for the 2011 purchase of the offshore oil block OPL245, for $ 1.3 billion. They have since denied any wrongdoing.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, re-elected for a second term last February, has pledged to fight relentlessly against the « cancer of corruption » that is plaguing Africa’s largest oil producer.