Diezani’s $650m Bribe: Court Grants Ex-FCT Minister, Akinjide, Others Bail
the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Thursday, July
6, 2017 granted bail to a former Minister of FCT, Oloye Jumoke Akinjide,
who is standing trial over N650 million allegedly collected during the
2015 general election.
Others granted bails alongside Akinjide are Senator Ayo Ademola
Adeseun and Olanrewaju Otiti, both chieftains of the Peoples Democratic
The defendants are being prosecuted on an amended 12-count charge bordering on money laundering.
At the sitting today, Akinjide’s counsel informed the court that they
had a pending bail application praying the court to grant the defendant
bail on self recognition.
The counsel further informed the court that they were at a stage of settlement with the EFCC.
Responding, Idris Abdullahi Mohammed, counsel to EFCC, told the court
that they were not opposing the bail application as he confirmed the
On the other hand, Adeseun’s counsel, Michael F. Lana, while praying
the court to grant the second defendant bail on self recognition,
observed that “Adeseun had served the society in different capacities as
a Local Government Chairman in Oyo State, member of the House of
Representatives and a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
Abdullahi, however, disagreed saying, “Senator Adeseun cannot be trusted”.
According to him, “Adeseun is not a man of his words. After he was
released on administrative bail by the EFCC, he refused to appear before
the court to take his plea until he was rearrested and brought before
this honorable court today”.
Abdullahi, however, did not oppose Otiti’s application when his
counsel, Adeniyi Ishola, urged the court to admit him to bail on liberal
Justice Malik admitted Akinjide to bail on self recognition, while
bail was granted to Adeseun and Otiti in the sum of N100 million each
with one each surety in like sum. The sureties must have landed property
within the jurisdiction of the court and must be directors in the
public or civil service.
“All the defendants shall deposit their international passports with
the Chief Registrar of the court. The 2nd and 3rd defendants are to be
remanded in the EFCC custody pending the perfection of their bail
conditions”, the judge added.
The case has been adjourned to September 12, 2017 for commencement of trial.