Mohammed Adoke, former attorney-general of the federation, has asked a federal high court to declare that he acted on former President Goodluck Jonathan’s instruction in the $1.1bn Malabu oil deal.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had filed charges of corruption against Adoke, Dan Etete, former petroleum minister; Aliyu Abubakar, a businessman, and Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd at a federal high court in Abuja.
Adoke was alleged to have been involved in the magicking of funds accruable to the country from the sale of an oil block – OPL 245 – to Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd and Nigeria-AGIP Exploration Ltd.
The sale of the block, which is considered as one of the most lucrative on the continent, has been replete with allegations and lawsuits.
Adoke has consistently maintained that he acted on the instruction of Jonathan.
Following the EFCC action, the former attorney-general, who says he is a victim of witch-hunt, through Kanu Agabi, his counsel, asked the court to declare that he acted in good faith when he got involved in the negotiation for the oil block.
He also asked the court to declare his prosecution illegal, null and void.
The matter is yet to be fixed for hearing.