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N3.8bn: Fani-Kayode’s trial stalled due to Abuja detention

By Onozure Dania

Lagos—The trial of a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, over money laundering involving N3.8 billion, before a Federal High Court in Lagos was yesterday stalled because he is currently being remanded in Abuja over another case of N26 million fraud.

The defendant who was also the former Director of Media and Publicity, campaign committee of ex President Goodluck Jonathan, is standing trial alongside a former Minister of Finance, Nenandi Usman, and Danjuma Yusuf.

They were charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on 17 counts bordering on the offence and had all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

At the resumed hearing of the matter yesterday, Fani-Kayode was absent in court.

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His counsel, Mr Wale Balogun however informed the court  that the EFCC was planning his re-arrest adding; ‘’And I remember that my lord advised that in view of his pending trial before the court, he should be invited were the need arises.’’

Oyedepo, then urged the court to grant an adjournment so as to allow the defendant appear and stand trial.

In a short ruling, the trial judge, Justice Muslim Hassan said: “I will refrain from making any comment in relation to the arrest of the second defendant in the court’s premises, inspite of being granted bail.

“This case is adjourned at the instance of the prosecution to December 12, while the earlier date of November 15 is hereby vacated.”

In the charge, the defendants were alleged to have committed the offences between January and March 2015.

Fani-Kayode and one Olubode Oke who is said to be at large, were also alleged to have made cash payments of about N30 million, in excess of the amount allowed by law, without going through a financial institution.


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