By Onozure Dania
Lagos—A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday threw out an application filed by a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-kayode, asking for a transfer of a money laundering case charge against him.
Fani-Kayode, who was Chairman, Media and Publicity, of the 2015 PDP Campaign Organisation, was arraigned alongside a former Minister of State for Finance, Nenadi Usman, a former National Chairman of the Association of Local Governments in Nigeria (ALGON) Yusuf Danjuma, and a company, Jointrust Dimensions Ltd.
The defendants were docked by The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 17-count charge of alleged N4.6 billion money laundering.
They had however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The defendants were first arraigned on June 28, 2016 before Justice Muslim Hassan but on March 16, 2017, the judge recues himself from the case, following an application, filed by Fani-Kayode, on grounds of a likely bias.
However the case was re-assigned to Justice Mohammed Aikawa and the defendants were re-arraigned on the charges.
At the last adjourned date on June 21, the defence counsel, Mr Norrisson Quakers (SAN) had urged the court to transfer the