BY OLUGBENGA SOYELE, Lagos
Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday granted leave to a former Minister of State for the Federal Capital former, Oloye Jumoke Akinjide standing trial for N650 million fraud to travel to Germany for medical treatment.
Akinjide was arraigned before a Federal High Court, Ibadan, Oyo State, alongside a former Nigeria Senator, Ayo Adeseun and one Olanrewaju Otiti, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 12- count amended charge of conspiracy, unlawful conversion and stealing of N650 million in the build up to the 2015 general elections.
They were charged with alongside the former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke in absentia.
They all pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The trial judge, Justice Joyce Abdulmaleek had granted Akinjide bail on self-recognisance, but ordered her to deposit her international passport pending the conclusion of her trial.
Akinkjide had approached Justice Obiozor for the release of her passport because the trial judge had gone on vacation and there is no vacation judge sitting in Oyo State.
In the application filed on her behalf by her Lawyer, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN), the former Minister informed the court that the application which was dated July 12, 2017, was based on the recommendation of the National Hospital, Abuja.
In urging the court to order immediate release of the passport by the EFCC, Ayorinde (SAN) told the court that the prosecution has promised not to oppose the application.
He also told the court that his client is not a flight risk being a politician will come back to the country to face the trial.
EFCC counsel, Mohammed Aliyu, confirmed being served with the application, and informed the court that his Commission is not opposing the application.
But the presiding judge, Professor Obiozor, said the only condition that will make him grant the application, is if Chief Ayorinde (SAN) will guarantee that the former Minister will return back to Nigeria after her treatment, which the learned Silk agreed to.
Upon agreeing to the court’s condition, Justice Obiozor ordered the EFCC to immediately release the former Minister’s passport, to enable her travel to Germany for medical treatment.
The judge however ordered that the former Minister must not stay beyond 30 days, he also refused the application for her to travel at any other day after the 30 days.