EFCC RE-ARRAIGNS EX-FCT MINISTER, AKINJIDE
Written by Kaka Saratu Poga on January 16, 2018
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday 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 by the EFCC alongside a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is said to be at large.
One of the charges states that Alison-Madueke, Akinjide, Senator Ayo Ademola Adeseun and Olarenwaju Otiti on or about the 26th day of March, 2015, in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of the Court conspired amongst themselves to directly take possession of N650 million which they reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act.
The defendants allegedly received the money from 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 Alison-Madueke to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential election. The defendants all pleaded not guilty to the charge.