Former Minister of Water Resources under ex-president Goodluck Jonathan‘s administration, Sarah Ochekpe and two others, were yesterday arraigned before Justice Musa Kurya of the Jos Federal High Court for allegedly laundering N450m.
The former Minister alongside former PDP Chairman in Plateau state Raymond Dabo and Evangelist Leo-Sunday Jatau, Coordinator of the President Goodluck Jonathan campaign in 2015 were arraigned on a a two-count charge of conspiracy and money laundering.
Counsel to the EFCC, A. Y. Manchata, told the court that sometimes in 2015, the sum of N450 million was transferred from the account of then former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Alison Diezeni-Madueke, to the account of one of the defendants, who allegedly withdrew and laundered it. However, counsel to the defendants, Mr Sunday Odey, challenged the allegations of the EFCC and asked the court to grant the accused persons whom he described as “people of high integrity.’’, bail.
The presiding judge granted the accused persons bail on self recognition and adjourned the case to Feb. 13th and 14th for hearing.