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Alleged Money Laundering: Former FCT Minister, Akinjide Re-arraigned Over Diezani Cash

JUMOKE AKINJIDE 

By Francis Iwuchukwu, Lagos 

The former Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Minister, Jumoke Akinjide, was on Wednesday (today) re-arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over allegation of money laundering.

He was arraigned before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State, Nigeria.

The former minister was dragged before Justice Aneke alongside a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leader in Oyo State Chief Olarenwaju Otiti and a former Senator representing Oyo Central Senatorial District Ayo Adeseun.

Named in the charge is a former Petroleum Resources Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is said to be at large.

The anti-graft agency specifically accused the defendants of conspiring to directly take possession of N650million from Alison-Madueke ahead of the 2015 general elections without going through a financial institution.

One of 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 N650,000,000, which sum 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.”

But the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Akinjide and others were re-arraignment consequent upon the transfer of the case from Justice Muslim Hassan, before whom they were arraigned last January 16, 2019.

The matter has since been adjourned until September 30 and October 11 for hearing/trial. 

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