BY OLUGBENGA SOYELE, Lagos
A Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Igbosere, yesterday, dismissed the suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against a House of Representatives member, Aliyu Pategi, for failing to produce a former minister of state for the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide, whom he stood surety for.
The Magistrate, Afolashade Botoku, dismissed the suit and also released the lawmaker from the custody of the EFCC after the former minister gave up herself to the commission yesterday.
The commission had dragged Pategi before the court after Mrs. Akinjide, who has a pending criminal charge against her before the Federal High Court in Ibadan, jumped bail.
The anti-graft agency charged Akinjinde for allegedly collecting N650m out of the $115m doled out by a former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, to compromise the 2015 general election.
At the last sitting of the court, the EFCC Prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, had told the court that the defendant, who represented Edu/Moro/Patigi Federal Constituency of Kwara State, stood surety for the former Minister, who is also his wife.
According to the lawyer, Akinjide allegedly collected the sum from former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke in March 2015.
Oyedepo through a 16-paragraph affidavit said that the money was received as a gratification by the former petroleum minister from some oil marketers.
He also told the court that Akinjide was on Aug. 10, 2016, granted bail by the EFCC, after Pategi stood as her surety on a N650 million bail bond.
The prosecutor said that Pategi promised to produce Akinjide whenever she was needed.