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Diezani bribe: Court orders Kwara lawmaker’s remand in custody

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Diezani bribe: Court orders Kwara lawmaker’s remand in custody

Ramon Oladimeji

A Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Igbosere has ordered that the lawmaker representing Edu /Moro/Patigi constituency of Kwara State at the House of Representatives, Aliyu Pategi, be remanded in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The court, presided over by Mrs. Afolashade Botoku, made the remand order on Friday following an application to that effect by the EFCC.

The EFCC had told the judge that Pategi stood surety for a former Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Oloye Jumoke Akinjide, who has a pending criminal charge against her before the Federal High Court in Ibadan.

The EFCC charged Akinjide with money laundering, alleging that she  collected N650m out of the $115m doled out by a former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezaani Alison-Madueke, to compromise the 2015 general election.

Pategi was said to have, on August 10, 2016, entered a bail bond of N650m to secure an administrative bail for Akinjide, but the former minister was said to have jumped the bail.

The counsel for the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, said the motion on notice seeking the forfeiture of Aliyu’s N650m was filed pursuant to Section 6(6) of the constitution and Section 132 (1) -(3) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

On Friday, the anti-graft agency dragged Pategi before the magistrate court in Lagos, asking him to show cause why he should not forfeit the N650m to the Federal Government.

An operative of the EFCC, Danladi Daniel, however, said, “all efforts made by officers of the application (EFCC) to get Oloye Jumoke Akinjide to come and stand her criminal trial proved abortive.”

After hearing the application on Friday, the magistrate, Botoku, adjourned till June 20, 2017 for ruling.

But the magistrate, who insisted that the bail application had to be formally made, ordered that Aliyu should be remanded in the custody of the EFCC.

               

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