Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ozekhome, on Monday pleaded on behalf of his client, former Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke (SAN), over his preference to be remanded in the Kuje Correctional Centre.
Ozekhome made the plea after Adoke was arraigned on fresh charges of money laundering at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
He said that his client, who is less than 60 years of age, is already “bent with age.”
“The first defendant voluntarily returned to the country. There is his statement attached to show that he returned to the country voluntarily.
“He did not run away. We have attached an exhibit to show that he went for his Masters’ study abroad.
“We have deposed to the affidavit about his health conditions. The prosecution themselves brought him to court from the Federal Medical Centre near Jabib in Abuja, this morning.
“We also plead that he be taken to the Kuje Correction Centre, a euphemism 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.
“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,” Ozekhome said.