N650m fraud: Court grants ex-minister, Akinjide’s application to travel abroad for medicals

N650m fraud: Court grants ex-minister, Akinjide’s application to travel abroad for medicals

- A former minister of state for the Federal Capital Territory under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has been permitted to travel abroad for medical treatment

- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) confirmed the development

- She was accused by the EFCC of fraudulently receiving the sum of N650 million from former petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke

Ms Jumoke Akinjide, a former minister of state for the Federal Capital Territory under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has been granted an application she filed.

The former minister urged the court to release her international passport so as to enable her travel abroad for medical treatment.

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Legit.ng reports that Ms Akinjide, alongside the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo state, Yinka Taiwo, are being accused by the EFCC of fraudulently receiving the sum of N650 million from former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke out of the $115 million allegedly doled out to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential election.

She was accused by the EFCC of fraudulently receiving the sum of N650 million from former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke. Photo credit: Facebook, EFCC

She was accused by the EFCC of fraudulently receiving the sum of N650 million from former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke. Photo credit: Facebook, EFCC

In a statement obtained by Legit.ng, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) disclosed the permission granted to the former minister.

"A vacation judge, Justice Chuka Obiozor, sitting at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, granted an application filed by a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide, for the release of her international passport to enable her travel abroad for medical treatment.

"Akinjide and one Olanrewaju Otiti had been arraigned on June 22, 2017 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 N650million.

"The accused allegedly conspired to receive the money from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke in the build-up to the 2015 general election

"The case was adjourned to September 12, 2017 for continuation of trial in Ibadan, Oyo state," the statement read.

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Legit.ng had earlier reported Ms Jumoke Akinjide, a former minister of state for the Federal Capital Territory under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has returned to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after allegedly jumping bail.

As she turned in herself, the anti-graft agency announced that it had withdrawn the detention order against Honourable Aliyu Ahman Pategi, a member of the House of Representatives, who is believed to be her husband and who stood surety for her.

Ms Akinjide turned herself in at the Ikoyi office of the commission in Lagos on Tuesday, June 20.

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Source: Legit Newspaper

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