It's time to pay back and the Nigerian government says there are must be no scared cows in the fight against corruption.

One of the persons indicted in the $1.1billion Malabu Oil scam scam is a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke.

Trial is supposed to hold on Tuesday but the absence of Mr Adoke stalled proceedings.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) told reporters in Abuja that the trial could not hold because Mr Adoke was absent.

Counsel to the EFCC, Johnson Ojobane said the Nigerian government is making all necessary arrangements to extradite Mr Adoke, to face charges of fraud.

The EFCC charged Adoke and two multinational oil companies to court on charges of allegedly misappropriating $1.1billion.

On the last adjourned date, the judge, Justice John Tsoho, fixed June 13, for arraignment of Adoke and the other co-defendants.

Mr Ojobane says the matter speaks on the case.

“The matter was adjourned until today for arraignment of the defendants, but up till now, we have not been able to secure the attendance of most of the defendants, because they are outside jurisdiction, that is they are outside the country.

“The Federal Government is doing everything within its powers to bring them back to Nigeria so that they can face their trial.

“The government will take steps, in collaboration with the international police to locate them and bring them back to Nigeria through extradition, which is a very cumbersome process, but it will be done,” Ojobane said.

The court has adjourned the matter until October 26 to enable the process of bringing Adoke and others back to Nigeria to be intensified.

In December 2016, the EFCC charged nine suspects, including Adoke, over the purchase of OPL 245.

Adoke was accused of illegally transferring more than $800 million purportedly meant for the purchase of the OPL 245 to Dan Etete and Malabu Oil.