Friday’s reprieve came for former Federation Attorney General and Justice Minister Mohammed Bello
Adoke, with Judge Inyang Eden Ekwo of the Federal High Court of Abuja granting him permission to travel abroad for treatment.
The court ordered that his travel documents, in particular his passport deposited in court as part of his bail conditions, be returned to him.
Adoke, who is on trial for money laundering, was allowed to travel abroad between October 11 and November 15 and return to Nigeria.
Judge Ekwo, while granting the ex-AGF’s request, however ordered that another ex-AGF and Minister of Justice, Kanu Agabi (SAN) enlist before the passport was released.
Agabi is Adoke’s lead counsel in criminal money laundering charges brought against him by the federal government through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Judge Ekwo, while rendering the ruling in a passport release application defended by Agabi, ordered the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court to forward the court order to the Nigeria Immigration Service to facilitate movement.
The judge granted the request following the EFCC’s non-objection position to the request.
Judge Ekwo also ordered Adoke to surrender the passport to the custody of the court upon his return to Nigeria.
The judge subsequently set December 6, 7 and 8 to resume his trial.