Lawmaker regains freedom after producing run-away accused

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Former Minister of State for FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide

An Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Tuesday struck out a suit filed against a House of Representatives member, Aliyu Pategi, charged with failure to produce an ex-minister he stood surety for.

Pategi, who represented Edu/Moro/Patigi Federal Constituency of Kwara, was on June 16, brought to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) through a motion on notice.

The EFCC Prosecutor, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, had told the court that the defendant stood surety for his wife, Oloye Akinjide, an ex-Minister of State, wanted for alleged conspiracy and laundering of N650 million.

According to the commission, Akinjide collected the money from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke in March 2015.

Oyedepo, in a 16-paragraph affidavit, said the money was received as a gratification by the former…

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