UPDATED: EFCC Drags Fani-Kayode To Court On 12 Counts

Lagos State – A report from The Guardian said The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday dragged former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, before the Special Offences Court in Ikeja, over his alleged procurement of a fabricated medical report.

EFCC claimed that Fani-Kayode procured one Dr Ogieva Oziegbe to issue the fake medical report, which he allegedly tendered in before the Federal High Court in his ongoing money laundering trial.

Femi Fani Kayode
Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode | Punch

Fani-Kayode, a recent defector to the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC), was marched before Justice O.O Abike-Fadipe by EFCC operatives for possible arraignment at about 9:00 am.

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According to Punch, the ex-minister of aviation was brought to court by the EFCC on 12 counts.

The charge sheet partly read:

“That you Femi Fani-Kayode on or about the 11th day of October, 2021 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to mislead the Federal High Court Lagos Judicial Division in charge No. FHC/L/251C/2016 fabricated a documentary evidence titled: MEDICAL REPORT ON OLUFEM! FANI KAYODE 60 YEARS/MALE/HOSP. NO.00345 DATED 11/10/2021 and purported same to have been issued by Kubwa General Hospital.”

It noted that the offence is contrary to and punishable under section 88(1) (a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

Fani-Kayode had been having a running battle with the EFCC for some time and he was once remanded for 67 days in 2016 alongside a former minister of finance, Nevada Usman.

The duo and two others were facing a 17-count of criminal conspiracy, fraud and money laundering to the tune of N4.9 billion.

They denied the allegations, and each of them was later granted N250 million bail.

Appearing before the court, EFCC Counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, prayed the court to take the plea of the defendant over the allegation.

But the defendant counsel, Mr Wale Balogun opposed EFCC prayer, argued that the defence team has filed an application to challenge the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter.

Responding, Mr Oyedepo urged the court to dismiss the application on the grounds that it was an attempt to frustrate the trial because the defendant was charged with Lagos law and it can only be heard in Lagos jurisdiction.

He emphasised that the Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) has addressed various antics about frivolous applications meant to delay the wheel of justice not to succeed to frustrate the trial.

In a counter-reaction, Mr Balogun told the court that the various authorities cited by the prosecution to back up his claims are wrongly interpreted. He noted that the application is not to challenge the validity of the charge information but the jurisdictions to preside over the matter.

Balogun, however, prayed the court to entertain the application and rule on it before the plea can be taken.

Following both counsel arguments and submissions, Justice Abike-Fadipe fixed December 17, 2021, to rule on their applications.

Abdullahi Abubakar

Abdullahi Abubakar is a graduate of the University of Maiduguri.He is a teacher and passionate about Journalism and writing in general. He works with Today Post as a senior Editor and is currently living in Gombe.

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