1st December, 2021
Politician Femi Fani-Kayode has debunked media reports that he was arrested by the EFCC in Lagos on Tuesday.
In a post on Tuesday night, FFK made a mockery of the media for getting their news wrong for the second time, in one week.
“I was invited to the EFCC again today(Tuesday). Once again, despite media reports, I was NOT arrested but merely invited and I honoured the invitation.
“I got there at 11.00am and I left 9.00pm. Thanks be to God!”, he wrote on Instagram.
Media reports had claimed that the former aviation minister was arrested after the court session on his N4.6 billion fraud trial.
Justice Daniel Osaigor of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Tuesday adjourned further hearing in the case till January 24, 2022.
Fani-Kayode is standing trial alongside a former Minister of State for Finance, Nenadi Usman, a former Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, Yusuf Danjuma, and a company, Join-Trust Dimensions Nigeria Ltd. on a 17-count charge bordering money laundering to the tune of N4.6billion.
The defendants had pleaded “not guilty” to all the charges preferred against them.
Though counsel to the first defendant, Chief Ferdinard Orbih, was absent at today’s sitting, following a letter notifying the Court in advance, other defence counsel, including Norrison Quakers, SAN and Clement Onwuenwunor, were present.
The prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, raised no objection to the letter sent in by the defence.
He, however, told the Court that the prosecution’s investigation of the several letters that Fani-Kayode claimed to have obtained from Kubwa General Hospital and presented to court at previous sittings as an excuse for his absence showed that they were all fake.
He further added that the EFCC was “currently working on the report and will do the needful.”
The matter was, thereafter, adjourned till January 24, 2022 for continuation of trial.
At the last sitting on October 13, 2021, F.B. Ajudua had told the court that his client, Fani-Kayode, was “currently on bed rest at Kubwa General Hospital, Abuja”.