The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, re-arraigned a former Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Jumoke Akinjide, before Justice C. Aneke of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on an amended 24-count charge bordering on fraud and money laundering to the tune of N650m (Six Hundred and Fifty Million Naira).
Akinjide was re-arraigned alongside Senator Ayo Adeseun, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who represented Oyo Central Senatorial District between 2011 and 2015, and Olanrewaju Otiti , also a chieftain of the PDP in Oyo State.
The defendants were first arraigned on January 16, 2018, before Justice M.S. Hassan of the same court on an amended 24-count charge.
The defendants allegedly received the money from the sum of $115m disbursed by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to influence the outcome of the 2015 Presidential election.
At the proceedings today, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, urged the court to cause the fresh plea of the defendants to be taken. .
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.”
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to them.