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How Alison-Madueke Paid Akinjide, Others N650m Cash- EFCC Investigator



An Investigating Officer with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday told a Federal High Court in Lagos how Akinjide and her co-accused allegedly took delivery of a cash sum of N650m March in 2015.

The prosecution witness, Usman Zakari also claimed that Akinjide and two others collected the N650 million cash from the Dugbe branch of a new generation bank in Oyo State on the standing instruction of a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.

Zakari, who is second prosecution witness in the case, further testified that his investigation revealed that the N650 million was part of a total sum of N23 billion which Mrs. Alison-Madueke warehoused in the bank.

The former Minister, a former Senator representing Oyo Central Senatorial District, Ayo Ademola Adeseun and a politician, Chief Olanrewaju Otiti, are standing trial before the court on a 24-count charge of alleged N650 million fraud.

The accused persons were also accused of conspiring to directly take possession of N650million, which they reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act.

According to the EFCC, they allegedly received the money from Mrs Alison-Madueke in the build- up to the 2015 general election.

The money was said to be part of a larger sum of $115 million allegedly doled out by Mrs. Alison-Madueke to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential election.

However, they all pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The witness while being led in evidence by the EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo on Friday claimed he discovered that the N23bn was the naira equivalent of a total of $115.01m, which Diezani collected from three oil marketers and one Lano Adesanya in the build-up to the 2015 general elections.



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