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N650m alleged fraud: Akinjide, others disown confessional statements



A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide, who is being prosecuted for an alleged fraud of N650m, has disowned five extrajudicial statements which she reportedly made to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in 2016.

Her lawyer, Mr. Olusegun Williams, resisted the move by the anti-graft agency to tender the statements in evidence against Akinjide before the Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday.

Williams contended that the statements were obtained from Akinjide under duress and inducement.

He urged the court to order a trial-within-trial to test the involuntariness of the statements.


Akinjide’s co-defendants, Senator Ayo Adeseun and Olanrewaju Otiti, also disowned their own statements.

Their lawyers, Mr. Michael Lana and Akinola Oladeji respectively, also argued that their clients’ statements were not voluntary.

“The third defendant also made statements to the EFCC and we shall be contending that the statements were made under inducement and subsequently, threat of incarceration.


“I will therefore align myself with the position of my learned colleagues for the second and third defendants,” Oladeji told Justice Muslim Hassan.

Following the contention by the defence lawyers, the judge ordered a trial-within-trial.

Akinjide, Adeseun and Otiti are being tried on 24 charges of money laundering.


The EFCC accused them of collecting N650m from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, in the build-up to the 2015 general elections.

The anti-graft agency claimed that they ought to have “reasonably known that the money formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act,” adding that they handled it without going through any financial institution in contravention of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act.

It said they acted contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2012, and were liable to punishment under Section 15(3) and 4 of the same Act.

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