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Trial of Fani-Kayode, Others, Stalled Due to Absence of Judge

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The trial of a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, over money laundering, was Wednesday stalled due to the absence of the trial Judge, Justice Sule Hassan.
The trial Judge was said to be away on an official assignment.
Fani-Kayode, who was also former Director of Media and Publicity, campaign committee of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, is charged alongside a former Minister of Finance, Nenandi Usman, Danjuma Yusuf and a company, Joint Trust Dimension Nig. Ltd.
They were arraigned on 17 counts bordering on unlawful retention, unlawful use and unlawful payment of money to the tune of about N4.9bn.
The accused were alleged to have committed the offences between January and March 2015.
In counts one to seven, they were alleged to have unlawfully retained over N3.8bn on 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.
Meanwhile in counts 15 to17, Fani-Kayode and one Olubode Oke, who is said to be at large, were alleged to have made cash payments of about N30 million.
The amount is said to be in excess of the amount allowed by law, without going through a financial institution.
Besides, Fani-Kayode was alleged to have made payments to one Paste Poster Co (PPC) of No 125 Lewis St., Lagos, in excess of amounts allowed by law.
All offences were said to have contravened the provisions of sections 15 (3) (4), 16 (2) (b), and 16 (5) of the Money laundering (prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012.
They pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail.
The trial of the accused was, however, slated for October 21 for continuation.

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