ABUJA-Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has taken a swipe at a Newspaper report for attributing his absence in court yesterday to a “Heart disease,” saying that what troubled him was a heart-related ailment.
In a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant, Obiageli Nwachukwu, the ex-Minister discredited the newspaper for bringing “Fear and consternation” in the minds of his family, friends and close associates, noting that what the national daily reported as a heart disease was indeed a heart-related challenge.
“It has been brought to our attention that a newspaper has reported, in a blazing and sensational headline, that the former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, ‘has heart disease.’ This is false. Worst still, the story has brought a lot of fear and consternation into the hearts and minds of Fani-Kayode’s friends, supporters and family members all over the world.
“It is only in the world of the reporter that a ‘heart-related ailment’ has suddenly become ‘heart disease’. Fani-Kayode’s lawyer, Mr. Norrison Quakers SAN, said that he had a ‘heart-related ailment’ in open court and not ‘heart disease,’” the statement read in part, adding that his Defence Counsel will be “Presenting a medical report to the court at a later date.”
He further stressed that “ misrepresent what was said in court is unprofessional and unexpected of a newspaper of such high calibre and repute and which we ordinarily hold in high esteem.
Secondly, it is not true that Fani-Kayode had asked the court and got two previous adjournments in this case. The court records are there for all to see. Today was the first and only time that Fani-Kayode has ever been absent from the proceedings at the Federal High Court in Lagos or asked for an adjournment from this particular learned judge.
“He looks forward to being in court at the adjourned date and he fully appreciates the fact that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC did not oppose the application for adjournment and that the learned trial judge granted it expeditiously,” the statement noted