Alleged N650m fraud: Ex FCT minister seeks foreign medical travel

A Federal High Court in Lagos Wednesday fixed July 26 to hear an application by a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Olajumoke Akinjide, seeking approval to travel abroad for medical treatment.

Akinjide is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for an alleged fraud of N650m.

Through her lawyer, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN), she appeared before Justice Chuka Obiozor, to argue the application.

But the matter could not proceed as the judge noted that it was not listed for hearing for the day.

Justice Obiozor, subsequently, adjourned hearing till July 26.

The judge, however, hinted that he might not be inclined to grant the application as Akinjide was not being tried before him and he was not the one who admitted the ex-minister to bail.

But Ayorinde assured the judge that he had spoken with all parties involved, adding that the EFCC which might not oppose the application.

Last June 22, the EFCC arraigned Akinjide and one Chief Olanrewaju Otiti before the Federal High Court in Ibadan.

The ex-minister was accused of conspiring with Otiti to launder a sum of N650m, which she allegedly collected out of the $115m allegedly doled out by a former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezaani Alison-Madueke, to compromise the 2015 general election.

The EFCC said they acted contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering Act, 2012 punishable under Section 15 (3) and (4) of the Act.

They pleaded not guilty to the 24 counts.

 

 

 

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