I suffered mental torture in EFCC cell, remand me in Kuje prison – Adoke begs court

By David Abiola, Abuja 

A former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister for Justice Mohammed Adoke, on Monday asked Justice Binta Nyako, of the federal high court Abuja, to remand him in Kuje prison instead of the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) because he suffers mental torture in the custody of the anti-corruption agency.

The former Minister who  is currently facing corruption charges for allegedly receiving gratification to the tune of N300 million from Aliyu Abubakar in September 2013, had denied the allegation, maintaining he is being persecuted for political reasons.

Counsel to the former AGF, Mike Ozekhome  asked the court to grant the defendant bail on self-recognition.

He prayed  the court that his client should be granted bail in a favourable and liberal term, adding that the court  should also to take into consideration the fact that the former AGF has been granted bail in another case by Abubakar Kutigi, a judge of the federal capital territory (FCT) high court in Gwagwalada.

Ozekhome added that, his client should be remanded in the Kuje prison pending the time the bail conditions will be met.

“We also plead that he be taken to the Kuje Correction Centre, emphasis for Kuje prison pending when he meets his bail conditions to avoid the mental psychological strictures he goes through in the custody of the EFCC,” he said

“My lord we pray that he be granted bail in liberal and affordable terms and conditions so that he can take care of himself.

“The law says, ‘come and stand trial’, it did not say ‘come and sit trial or come and prostate trial.”

While ruling on the matter, Justice Nyako, held that a suspect who has been arraigned before a court for trial, is now under the state and it is therefore left for the court to decide which prison the  defendant should be  remanded in, adding  that it is wrong to remand the defendant in the custody of the EFCC.

The counsel to the EFCC Bala Sanga, had earlier asked the court to remand the former AGF in the custody of the anti-corruption agency pending the commencement of the trial.