Why We’re Still Keeping Fani-Kayode – EFCC

Chief Femi Fani-Kayode is still in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission because of fresh allegation against him, the anti-graft agency said on Thursday.

The EFCC had earlier got a court remand order to detain the former Spokesperson of the Goodluck Jonathan Presidential Campaign Organisation‎ for the 2015 election for 21 days.

A Lagos State Magistrate court sitting in Ikeja, had given the order on May 10.

The EFCC had brought an application before the court seeking the remand of Fani Kayode in custody to enable it conduct further investigation into the alleged N1.5bn fraud leveled against him, pending when he will be brought before a regular court.

After listening to the arguments canvassed by the lawyers representing the anti-graft agency, Mr. A. N. Anana and Fani- Kayode, Wale Balogun, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Mrs Bola Osunsanmi granted the remand application.

The court subsequently granted the request and ordered that he be kept in custody for 21 days.

The EFCC had argued that the remand application which was brought pursuant to section 261 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2011, of Lagos State, was to remand the former Spokesman for the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, pending when he will be properly arraigned at a competent Court.

However, when Fani-Kayode was brought to court, Thursday, the anti-agency said it wanted to still keep him in its custody because the fresh allegation against him was different from the case of the N800m which the former Minister of Aviation allegedly received as campaign fund from the $2.1bn meant for procurement of arms.

The EFCC said before a Federal High Court in Apo, Abuja, that a fresh petition ‎received against the former Minister by its Special Task Force in its Lagos office was what prompted it to move him from Abuja to Lagos.

Counsel for the EFCC, Salisu Majidadi, opposed a fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed by Fani-Kay‎ode, seeking an order releasing from the custody of the anti-graft agency.

But Fani-Kayode’s lawyer, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), who earlier argued his ‎client’s suit, insisted that the commission having failed to present the fresh petition as exhibit before the court, showed there was no proof that there was any ongoing investigation of his client.

The Judge after listening to both sides of the argument fixed June 29 for judgment.

The former Aviation Minister was arrested on May 9, in his home in Abuja.

 

Author: News Editor

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