Former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke has tested positive for coronavirus in the United Arab Emirate (UAE).
This development has stalled the money laundering trial of Adoke at the Federal High Court in Abuja due to his absence on Monday.
His lawyer, Kanu Agabi informed the court about this development on Monday.
Mr Agabi told the judge on Monday that his client had earlier tested positive to the virus at his point of returning to Nigeria as a result of which he was held back by the UAE authorities.
He stated that the former minister tested negative after he was treated but was unable to immediately fly back to Nigeria as ordered by the court.
He said Mr Adoke would be able to return to the country on Tuesday.
Mr Agabi further pleaded with the judge to extend the time given to the defendant to appear in court to enable him to take care of himself and be fit for the continuation of his trial.
Without opposition from the prosecuting counsel, the judge granted the request and adjourned till March 1 to 4.
Recall that the former AGF had gone to UAE for a medical check-up after securing permission to travel on health grounds.
Justice Inyang Okwo had ruled that he should return to Nigeria on January 10 ahead of the Monday’s scheduled hearing.