The hearing of the money laundering suit instituted against the former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode took another turn on Thursday as Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos ordered the chambers of Festus Keyamo to file a written address within three days stating the competence of the chambers to posecute the a money laundering charge made against the former Aviation Minister.
The order came on the heels of an objection raised by Ifedayo Adedipe, Fani-Kayode’s counsel who raised questions bordering on the competence of the prosecution lawyer, Mr. Vitalis Ahaotu.
Adedipe had alleged that Ahaotu was neither from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) nor from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and consequently had no locus standi to handle the matter. Ahaotu, a lawyer from Keyamo’s chambers however responded that the defence counsel had no right to challenge the propriety of the prosecution team to prosecute the defendant. He urged the court to disregard the defence counsel’s argument. “We have the fiat to prosecute the accused but the fiat is not with us presently, still I can confirm that I am from Festus Keyamo’s chambers”, he told the court.
Fani-Kayode had been arraigned for alleged money laundering during the time he served as a Minister.
Justice Ajumogobia thereafter adjourned the matter till June 24, 2013 for mention.