Again, EFCC Takes Fani-Kayode into Custody

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) re-arrested former Director of Media and Publicity, campaign committee of erstwhile President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday.
Fani-Kayode, a former Aviation Minister, was re-arrested after he stepped out of a court room at Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, where he and others are standing trial.
Shortly after the case was adjourned and Fani-Kayode had walked out of court, two officers of the EFCC dressed in white kaftan, flanked his sides, and requested that he followed them to the commission’s office and was subsequently driven out of court premises in a toyota Hiace bus.
Fani-Kayode, was charged alongside a former Minister of Finance, Nenandi Usman, Danjuma Yusuf and a company, Joint Trust Dimension Nig. Ltd. on a 17 count charge of unlawful retention, unlawful use and unlawful payment of money in the tune of about N4.9bn.
They all pleaded not guilty to the charge and were granted bail.
Earlier on Friday, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, opened case against the defendants with the presentation of the first prosecution witness.
Led in evidence by Oyedepo, Idowu Olusegun, who is a media consultant with Paste Posters Company Ltd, told the court that N30m was paid in cash to him by the office of the Director of Media and Publicity, PDP campaign Organisation.
According to Olusegun, he had reached an agreement with the organisation whose office was situated at 14B, Samora Micheal Avenue, Asokoro, Abuja, for the sum of N24m for media consultancy services.
He said that a further negotiation was reached in which N50 would be paid for each size of A2 posters, while N20 would be paid for each size of A4 flyers.
The witness told the court that after the printing job for the posters and flyers was done, he was invited to the office of the organisation and given N30m in cash.
He further told the court that he had demanded to know why payments was made in cash and was informed by one Mr Oke, that cash was the approved means of payment.
He said that Mr Oke had been the person communicating with him throughout the pendency of his engagement to do the media jobs.
The witness added that apart from the N30m paid to him, there was also an outstanding payment of N24m which was not paid to his company.
After his testimony and based on agreements of counsel, the court fixed November 14 and 15 for continuation of trial.
In counts one to seven, the defendants were alleged to have unlawfully retained over N3.8bn which they reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act of stealing and corruption.
In counts eight to 14, the accused were alleged to have unlawfully used over N970m which they reasonably ought to have known formed part of an unlawful act of corruption.
They were alleged to have committed the offences between January and March 2015.

Author: News Editor

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