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$115m Diezani cash: Ex-FCT minister turns self in, as EFCC frees surety

By Soni Daniel

ABUJA—The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC yesterday, withdrew the detention order against Aliyu Ahman Pategi, who stood surety for Ms Jumoke Akinjide, a former Minister of State, Ministry of Federal Capital Territory under President Goodluck Jonathan, after she voluntarily turned herself in at the commission’s office in Ikoyi.

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Aliyu, a federal lawmaker representing Edu/Moro/Pategi Federal Constituency of Kwara State was, last Friday, remanded in EFCC custody by a Lagos State Magistrate Court, Igbosere for failing to produce the suspect when needed by investigators and her failure to appear before a Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan for three proceedings.

According to EFCC, Jumoke, who has been evading arraignment  in the Federal High Court, Ibadan, presided by Justice Ayo Emmanuel, is facing a 24-count charge of money laundering in Suit No.FHC/1B/26C/2017.

The court had threatened to dismiss the matter if the prosecution could not produce her in court at the next adjourned date,  22nd June 2017. This prompted the prosecution to drag the surety before the Lagos State Magistrate Court to show cause why the N650 million bond he signed as surety for the suspect would not be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said: “The suspect, who presented herself to the commission on Tuesday (yesterday) after months of hide and seek, is currently cooling her heels in EFCC custody pursuant to arraignment on June 22.”


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