The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released a member of the Federal House of Representatives, Aliyu Ahman Pategi who stood surety for Mrs. Jumoke Akinjide, a former minister and senator in Nigeria after she turned herself in at the commissions’ office in Lagos.
A Lagos state magistrate court at Igbosere, on Tuesday, struck out the lawsuit against Mr. Pategi upon a joint request of both the counsel for the Commission, Rotimi Oyedepo, and the defendant’s lawyer, Olusegun Williams, to withdraw the case.
According to SaharaReporters, Magistrate Afolashade Boloku consequently struck out the suit and ordered the anti-graft agency to release Mr. Pategi who has been in custody since Friday, June 16 2017.
Mr. Pategi who is believed to be Mrs. Akinjide’s husband stood surety and entered a bail bond of N650million for the former Minister of State who was detained in 2016 for alleged money laundering. She had continuously jumped the administrative bail granted her by the anti-graft agency.
At the resume of hearing today, Mr. Williams informed that his client had reached out to the prosecution to negotiate the possibility of settling out of court. He then urged the court to step down the matter for him to consult with his client and initiate negotiation with the prosecution.
“It is correct that the business of the day is for bail and possibility of a preliminary objection” Mr. Williams said but added; “I am obliged to inform the court that at the tail end of your lordship coming to sit, we have reached out to negotiate and we are negotiating terms for an amiable terms”
The judge granted the request to step the matter down.
However, the matter was eventually struck out with the information that Mrs. Akinjide had turned herself in.