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Akinjide, ex-FCT minister, back in court for ‘collecting N650m bribe’ from Diezani
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arraigned Jumoke Akinjide, a former Minister of State of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), before the Federal High Court, Lagos, over allegations she collected N650 million in bribe from Diezani Alison-Madueke, former Minister of Petroleum Resources.
Akinjide, who was first arraigned at a Federal High Court in Ibadan, was re-arraigned before Justice Muslim Hassan, on Tuesday alongside Alison-Madueke, who was described as “still at large”; Ayo Adeseun, a former senator; and one Olarenwaju Otiti.
They were all accused of conspiring among themselves and taking possession of N650 million, which they reasonably ought to have known was proceeds of an unlawful act.
According to the EFCC, the money was part of the $115 million bribe money that was shared by Alison-Madueke during the 2015 presidential election.
One of the charges reads: “That you, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke (still at large), Oloye Jumoke Akinjide, Senator Ayo Ademola Adeseun and Chief Olarenwaju Otiti on or about the 26th day of March, 2015, in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired amongst yourselves to directly take possession of the N650 million which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act.”
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges, after which Bolaji Ayorinde, Akinjide’s lawyer, urged the court to allow his client to continue enjoying bail earlier granted her by the Ibadan Federal High Court.
Counsels to the second and third defendants made similar pleas.
Justice Hassan granted the request and adjourned the matter till February 5, 2018, for continuation of hearing.