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  • EFCC arraigns ex-Minister of FCT, Jumoke Akinjide for N650m fraud
  • The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
    EFCC, on Thursday, June 22, 2017, arraigned a
    former Minister of State for the Federal Capital
    Territory (FCT), Jumoke Akinjide and one
    Olanrewaju Otiti before Justice J.O Abdul-Malik of
    the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State
    on an amended 12-count charge bordering on
    money laundering to the tune of N650 million.
    While Akinjide and Otiti are facing trial on counts
    one to 12 of the amended charge, the third
    accused person, Senator Ayo Ademola Adeseun,
    who failed to appear in court today, is facing trial
    on counts one to 24.
    The accused allegedly received the money from a
    former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani
    Alison-Madueke in the build- up to the 2015
    general election.
    The money was part of the $115m allegedly
    disbursed by Alison-Madueke to influence the
    outcome of the 2015 presidential election.
    During today’s proceedings, Bolaji Ayorinde, SAN,
    counsel to the first defendant, Akinjide; Michael F.
    Lana, counsel for the second defendant, as well
    as Adeniyi Ishola, counsel for the third defendant,
    filed four applications asking the court to strike
    out of the charges against the first defendant,
    while also challenging the validity of the amended
    charge brought by the prosecution counsel,
    Rotimi Oyedepo.
    Counsels to the first and second defendants told
    the court that there was no charge before the
    court, arguing that there was no application by
    the prosecution counsel, stating and informing
    parties on the amendment of the originated
    charge brought against their clients.
    Ayorinde told the court that the amended charge
    brought by the prosecution did not have a "seal"
    of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA.
    He, therefore, prayed the court not to take the
    pleas of the defendants.
    However, Oyedepo objected to the applications,
    saying that the amended charge before the court
    was duly filed and served on the defendants.
    In a short ruling, Justice Abdul- Malik held that
    the original charge be substituted with the
    amended charge and ordered the first and third
    defendants to take their pleas.
    Not satisfied, the two defence counsels withdrew
    their appearances for the defendants and angrily
    walked out of the court.
    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, 000, 000.00 (Six Hundred and Fifty Million
    Naira) which sum you reasonably ought to have
    known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful
    act".
    Another charge reads:
    “That you, 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 did
    conspire amongst yourselves to commit
    an offence, to wit: making cash payment of
    the sum of N650, 000, 000. 00 (Six
    Hundred and Fifty Million Naira) which
    sum exceeded the amount authorized by
    Law without going through financial
    institution and you thereby committed an
    offence.”
    However, when the charges were read to them,
    they pleaded not guilty.
    Counsel to the State informed the court that the
    first and third defendants had initiated a plea
    bargain discussion with the prosecution and
    asked for a short adjournment to enable the
    parties to perfect the negotiation.
    We have entered a plea bargain before today's
    proceedings and we intend to consider their
    applications as regards the agreement of the plea
    bargain.
    “ I pray the court for a short date to
    perfect the arrangement of the plea bargain
    and in the likely event where their
    applications are not granted, I humbly ask
    for a trial date," Oyedepo said.
    He also pleaded with the court to remand the first
    and third defendants in the EFCC custody.
    Counsel to the third defendant, Otiti, filed and
    served an application for bail and urged the court
    to grant his client bail on self-recognizance.
    Justice Abdul-Malik adjourned the matter to
    September 12, 2017, for hearing on the
    substantive matter and to July 6, 2017 , for ruling
    on the bail application.

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