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EFCC Re-Arraigns Ex-FCT Minister Akinjide Over ‘Diezani Cash’

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday re-arraigned former Federal Capital Territory minister Mrs Jumoke Akinjide at the Federal High Court in Lagos for alleged money laundering.

The commission charged her along with a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader in Oyo State Chief Olarenwaju Otiti and a former Senator representing Oyo Central Senatorial District Ayo Adeseun.

Former Petroleum Resources minister Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, said to be at large, is also named in the charge.

EFCC accused them of conspiring to directly take possession of N650million from Mrs Alison-Madueke ahead of the 2015 general elections without going through a financial institution.

The anti-graft agency said they reasonably ought to have known that the money was part of proceeds of an unlawful act.

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.”

The defendants pleaded not guilty.

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