The trial of a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT ), Mrs. Jumoke Akinjide, over N650 million alleged money laundering started yesterday before a Federal High Court in Lagos.
Justice Hassan allowed them to continue on the bail earlier granted them by the Ibadan, Oyo State Division of the Federal High Court.
The EFCC, in the 24 charges filed against the defendants, alleged that they collected the sum of N650m from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, in the build-up to the 2015 general elections.
"That you, 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 did conspire amongst yourselves to commit an offence, to wit: making cash payment of the sum of N650 million which sum exceeded the amount authorized by Law without going through financial institution and you thereby committed an offence".
They were all accused of conspiring to directly take possession of N650million, which they reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act.
She was charged by the EFCC alongside a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is said to be at large.
While Senator Adeseun was accused of singularly benefiting sums of N10,750,000, N7,930,000, N13,395,000, 10,580,000, N12,690,000, N9,200,000, N7,850,000, N8,750,000, N9,450,000, N9,900,000, N10,100,000, N9,450,000, at various times in 2015.
Akinjide was said to have allegedly given a cash sum of N107.4m to Otti and N134.4m to Adeseun out of the N650m on March 26, 2015.
The amended charge was not opposed by the defence team, following which Justice Hassan ordered the registrar to take the plea of the defendants.
The defendants are standing trial on a 24-count charge of money laundering before Justice Muslim Hassan.
The court had said that the surety must be a civil servant or public servant in a level of director.