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Ex-Minister, Akinjide, Others Dragged To Court Again Over N650M Fraud

EFCC drags ex-Minister, Jumoke Akinjide, others to court a second time over 650 million naira fraud.   

Funsho Akinwale

Former Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide, was during the week re-arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for money laundering running into 650 million naira.

The prominent Oyo female politician was arraigned along with Ayo Adeseun, a former senator before Justice C. Aneke of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Recall that the defendants were arraigned in 2018 before Justice M.S. Hassan of the same court.

The defendants were among several other suspected Nigerians accused of receiving millions from the embattled former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison Madueke, in the build up to the 2015 general election.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke (still at large), Oloye Jumoke Akinjide, Senator Ayo Ademola Adeseun and Chief Olanrewaju 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 a sum of N650,000,000 which you reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) and 4 of the same Act.”

Bolaji Ayorinde, the counsel to Akinjide, urged the Judge to allow his client to continue enjoying the bail granted to her by the former judge, Justice Hassan, before the case was adjourned till a later date.