EFCC Re-arraigns Former FCT Minister, Jumoke Akinjide
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arraigned a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Jumoke Akinjide before a Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos.
Akinjide was re-arraigned before Justice Muslim Hassan on a 24 count charge.
She was charged with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission alongside a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is said to be at large.
Others defendants in the charge include Senator Ayo Adeseun and a Chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olarenwaju Otiti.
They were all accused of conspiring to directly take possession of N650million, which they reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act.
The defendants allegedly received the money from Mrs Alison-Madueke in the build-up to the 2015 general election. The money was said to be part of a larger sum of $115 million allegedly doled out by Mrs Alison-Madueke to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential election.
Last year June, the EFCC had arraigned the defendants before Justice Joyce Abdulmalik sitting at the Federal High Court, Ibadan but the case was transferred to Lagos and this necessitated today’s re-arraignment.
At today’s proceeding, the EFCC arraigned Ms. Akinjide on 9 out of the 24 count charge. She pleaded not guilty.
The second defendant, Senator Ayo Adeseun pleaded not guilty to 17 out of the 24 count charge made against him while the third defendant, Chief Olanrewaju Otiti also pleaded not guilty to 6 of the counts.
Counsel to Akinjide, Bolaji Ayorinde, SAN, then asked the court to allow his client to continue to enjoy bail as earlier granted by the Federal High Court Sitting in Ibadan.
The counsel to the second and third defendant aligned themselves with this request on behalf of their clients.
Justice Muslim Hassan granted the request and ordered that the defendants should continue to enjoy bail.
He then adjourned their trial till February 5, 2018.
Meanwhile, a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Haliru Bello and his son, Mustapha Mohammed told Justice A.R Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja how over N160 million was paid to Umar Tafida Kebbi, a former governorship aspirant in Kebbi State by former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd). Justice Mohammed adjourned to February 3, 2018 for further hearing due to the absence of the EFCC witness.
Bello and his son are on trial alongside their Company, Bam Project and Properties Limited on a 4-count charge of money laundering preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
They were alleged to have collected N300 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, being part of the funds meant to fight insurgency in the North-East of the country.
According to him, the balance on the account before the inflow was N25 million. He went on to tell the court how N10 million was withdrawn in 16 tranches on March 25, 2015 and another N2.8million, all on same day.
Lawyer Leke Atolagbe, counsel for the witness, reportedly contacted the witness that he would not be in court and he is also unable to get another witness. He pleaded with the Judge to adjourn the case, Justice Mohammed accepted his plead and adjourned to February 3, 2018 for further hearing