Fani-Kayode’s remand at Kuje prisons stalls trial in Lagos


The trial of former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, over alleged cash laundering at a Federal Excessive Court docket in Lagos, on Monday suffered a setback, following his continued remand on the Kuje prisons in Abuja.
Fani-Kayode, who was additionally former Director of Media and Publicity, Marketing campaign Committee of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, is charged alongside a former Minister of Finance, Nenandi Usman, and Danjuma Yusuf.
They’re charged by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) on a 17-count bordering on cash laundering.
Within the cost, the accused have been alleged to have dedicated the offences between January and March 2015.
In counts one to seven, they have been alleged to have unlawfully retained over N3.eight billion which they moderately must have identified fashioned a part of the proceeds of an illegal act of stealing and corruption.
In counts eight to 14, the accused have been alleged to have unlawfully used over N970 million which they moderately must have identified fashioned a part of an illegal act of corruption.
In the meantime, in counts 15 to17, Fani-Kayode and one Olubode Oke, now massive have been alleged to have made money funds of about N30 million in extra of the quantity allowed by regulation, with out going by way of a monetary establishment.
Moreover, Fani-Kayode was alleged to have made funds to 1 Paste Poster Co (PPC) of No 125 Lewis St., Lagos, in extra of quantities allowed by regulation.
The EFCC stated the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 15 (3) (4), 16 (2) (b), and 16 (5) of the Cash Laundering (Prohibition) (Modification) Act, 2012.
However all of the accused individuals pleaded not responsible to the fees.
On the resumed listening to on Monday, Fani-Kayode’s counsel, Mr Wale Balogun, knowledgeable the court docket that his consumer was not in court docket as a result of the operatives of EFCC arrested him on the final sitting on Oct. 21.
He stated EFCC had since then incarcerated his consumer in Kuje jail.
“My lord, I recall that on Oct. 21, I knowledgeable this court docket that the EFCC have been planning an arrest of the second accused.
“And I do not forget that my lord suggested that in view of his pending trial earlier than the court docket, he needs to be invited right here every time the necessity arises.
“My lord, on the stated day, after the court docket had risen, the second accused was arrested throughout the court docket’s premises.
“I requested for an arrest warrant from the chief who knowledgeable me that there was none to that impact however informed me that the order was `from above’.
“The second accused was taken to the EFCC Lagos and stored until 5 p.m. when one other different order got here from `above’ to maneuver him to Abuja instantly.
“My lord, the second accused was stored in custody of the prosecution for 21 days with none phrase,’’ he informed the court docket.
“He was lastly arraigned on Nov. 10 earlier than your realized brother Justice John Tsoho in Abuja, on a 5 depend cost bordering on N26 million.
“He was subsequently remanded on the Kuje prisons and in view of this, we’re helpless, as his bail situations haven’t been perfected despite frantic efforts by household and mates.’’
Responding, the prosecutor, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, informed the court docket that he was conscious of the arraignment of the second accused however added that his arraignment earlier than the Abuja division of the court docket had nothing to do with the moment case.
He argued that the next arrest of the accused was with a view to serving him with the cost and to not disrespect the court docket.
Oyedepo urged the court docket to grant an adjournment in order to permit the accused seem and stand trial.
Justice Muslim Hassan then dominated that “I’ll chorus from making any remark in relation to the arrest of the second accused within the court docket’s premises despite being granted bail.
“This case is adjourned on the occasion of the prosecution to Dec. 12, whereas the sooner date of Nov. 15 is hereby vacated,’’ he dominated.